Questions on quadratic equations, second degree polynomials usually in the forms $y=ax^2+bx+c$, $y=a(x-h)^2+k$ or $y=a(bx+c)(cx+d)$.

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Quadratic Prime

We had received some questions on Quadratic equations, But I wasnt able to do one. Here it goes: Let $a,b$ be natural numbers $a>1$. Also, $p$ is a prime number. If $ax^2+bx+c=p$ for 2 distinct ...
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How do I factor this quadratic?

I'm going through the AoPS Algebra book, and I'm on the quadratics section. I'm given this challenge question: $ \displaystyle 2x^2 + 7x(\sqrt{3}) + 9 = 0$ And I have to solve for ...
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How to Find The Roots of this Quadratic Given Sum & Product

My question is: The sum of the roots of a quadratic is $55/72$, and the products of the roots is $-25/12$. Find the roots. How I'm trying to do it so far: (Also, please correct my thought process if ...
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Solve the equation $x^2+bx+c+t\log(x)=0$

There is a explicit formula to solve the equation $x^2+bx+c+t\log(x)=0$ with the constraint $x>0$?
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Algebraic process to find numbers so that $xy=45$ and $x+y=18$

Can someone help me with the following question? The sum of two numbers is $18$ and their product is $45$. Find the numbers. I know that the answer is $15$ and $3$. But how do I find that answer ...
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Convexity of Quadratic equation Inequality?

Solving an inequality of the form $x^TAx\geq0$ or $x^TAx\leq0$ is straightforward. I mean we have to check if A is positive semidefinite or negative semidefinite. But what would be the solution to the ...
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Quadratic equation - solving for x

Question: Solve the equation $$(x+2)(x+3)(x+8)(x+12) = 4x^2$$ I tried to solve the equation by expanding the LHS and then equating it to the RHS, but that just doesn't seem to be feasible. I am ...
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Quadratic equations - finding value of x

Question: Solve the equation $$\frac{2x}{3x^2 - x+2} - \frac{7x}{3x^2 + 5x+2} = 1$$ I attempted to split the two quadratic equations into their roots, however, was unable to do so. Then I tried to ...
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How to solve the quadratic equation $x^2-1=2$?

Solve $x^2-1=2$ I have no idea how to do this can somebody please help me? I have tried working it out and I could never get the answer.
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How do you factor a quadratic expression, without using the formula?

I am asked to factor $2x^2 -3x+1=0 $ using factorization, but I run into fractions, and it becomes very messy and complicated to deal with, especially since specifically asked not to use the formula. ...
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Quadratic equation not equal to zero (solving a matrix with a parameter)

I came across this in my matrix module, learning about number of solutions when the matrix has parameters. $$ \left[ \begin{array}{ccc|c} 1 & ...
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Using factoring to solve the equation $(r^2 + 5r - 24)(r^2 - 3r + 2) = (4r - 10)(r^2 + 5r - 24)$

Solve for all values of $r$: $$(r^2 + 5r - 24)(r^2 - 3r + 2) = (4r - 10)(r^2 + 5r - 24)$$ I'm not sure how my thinking isn't really correct here. I know this all seems very elementary and such, ...
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Quadratic equations ..

The set of non-zero values of k such that the equation $|x^2-10x+9| =kx$ is satisfied by atleast one and atmost three values of x, lies in _. The answer is $(-\infty, -16] \cup [4 , \infty) $. How ...
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Show that $ax^2+2hxy+by^2$ is positive definite when $h^2<ab$

The question asks to "show that the condition for $P(x,y)=ax^2+2hxy+by^2$ ($a$,$b$ and $h$ not all zero) to be positive definite is that $h^2<ab$, and that $P(x,y)$ has the same sign as $a$." Now ...
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How to write these quadratic equation in general form? [closed]

Write the quadratic equation in general form: 1. $x^2=16x$ 2. $13-3(x+7)^2=0$ 3. $x(x+2)=5x^2+1$
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How to factor the quadratic $6x^2-16x=0$? [closed]

How to factor the quadratic $6x^2-16x=0$ ? I need help solving this. I am aware of how to solve this when it is a polynomial, but I do not know how to solve with only two terms?
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How to solve this word problem on the topic of quadratic equations?

The maths teacher of Mumbai is transferred to another school. The students of Class 10 decided to buy a book for 360 rupees(currency) as a gift for her. On the farewell day, 4 students did not turn up ...
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Difference between Half Quadratic vs Quadratic

Half quadratic minimization/penalty/optimization, I am unable to find any related material/resources. If anyone can point to some useful resources, it will be great
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Finding parametric distance on quadratic curve from given $(x,y)$ point

I want to get the parametric distance (the "$t$" value) at a location on a quadratic Bezier curve, given the "$x$" and "$y$" coordinates of the point. I have start point, end point and control point ...
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Check if a point is within a quadratic surface (with arbitrary rotation)

Is there a general way to check whether a point is on a quadratic surface given that the principal axes do not need to coincide with the coordinate axes and that the quadric's centroid does not need ...
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What is the minimum value of $abc$

If the roots of the equation $$ax^2-bx+c=0$$ lie in the interval $(0,1)$, find the minimum possible value of $abc$. Edit: I forgot to mention in the question that $a$, $b$, and $c$ are natural ...
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One root of the equation $x^2-(r+3)x+(5r-3)=0$ is twice the other root. Find the two possible values of r. [closed]

One root of the equation $x^2-(r+3)x+(5r-3)=0$ is twice the other root. Find the two possible values of $r$. I need help with this question, thank you.
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Why can ALL quadratic equations be solved by the quadratic formula?

In algebra, all quadratic problems can be solved by using the quadratic formula. I read a couple of books, and they told me only HOW and WHEN to use this formula, but they don't tell me WHY I can use ...
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Solving awkward quadratic equation to obtain “nice” solution.

I would like to solve the following quadratic equation to get a "nice" analytic solution for $\rho$. $\rho^2(r\sin\theta-2nr^2)+\rho(2nr^3-2r^2\sin\theta-2\sin\theta+2nr)-2nr^2+3r\sin\theta=0$ where ...
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Can I perform the quadratic formula on polynomial with complex coefficient?

2 weeks ago, we had a Math test on complex number. One of the question was: Let $z=x+iy$ be a non-zero complex number, where $x,y \in \mathbb{R}$. Given that $z+\frac{1}{z} = k$, where $k$ ...
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Cross section of parabolic satellite in Quadratic Functions

A parabolic satellite dish has a cross section that can be modelled by the equation $$y = 0.05\,x^2.$$ While still in the shipping yard, the dish fills with rain. The rain forms a circular puddle with ...
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Where did $-4x$ come from?

I'm going over my quadratic equations for the ACT and I came across this quadratic: $$(x – 2)^2 – 12$$ My teacher said we could have factored it out into this: $$x^2 – 4x – 8$$ But I just don't ...
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Absolute value quadratic inequalities not the usual?

$ | -x^2 + 6x | \gt 13 $,for example. I would start off solving $ -x^2 + 6x = \pm 13 $ and either get 4 solutions, 3 solutions or two simply do the the nature of the graph. Without knowing if the two ...
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where am I going wrong with solving this equation?

solve $z^2=2e^{5{\pi}i/6}$. Well, clearly $z={\sqrt{2}}e^{5{\pi}i/12}$ is a root so its' conjugate $z={\sqrt{2}}e^{-5{\pi}i/12}$ is the other root. But I can also argue ...
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How would I solve the quadratic $x^2+3x-70=0$?

How would I solve the following quadratic equation $$x^2+3x-70=0 $$ This is my attempt below $$(x-7x) (x+10x)=0 $$ $$ x-7x=0 \implies -6x=0 \implies x=6$$ $$x+10x=0 \implies 11x=0 \implies ...
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How to solve systems of equations with multiplication & addition.

So I have a system of equations: $$a + b = 12$$ $$a \cdot b = 36$$ In this case, $a$ and $b$ are both $6$, this can be easily done in your head. However, how can you scale this for larger problems?
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Solution for this Logarithmic Equation

Recently I was going through a problem from the book Problems in Mathematics - *V Govorov & P Dybov* . $$(x-2)^{\log^2(x-2)+\log(x-2)^5-12}=10^2\log(x-2)$$ I tried solving by first considering ...
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Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic function.

Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic function by completing the squares. Also, state the value of $x$ at which the function is maximum or minimum. $y=2x^2-4x+7$ $x^2$ has a coefficient ...
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Solving a quadratic made from the sum of monomial denominators. [closed]

Solve the following equation. Separate your answers with commas. Repeated roots should only be entered once. $$\frac{1}{x-5} + \frac{1}{x-6} = \frac{11}{30}$$ Any ideas on how to start out?
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finding an quadratic equation by the roots & another equation?

I am new to this site & doesn't know any rules & regulations. So sorry if I am doing any mistake. the question is stated as follows. I. $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are the roots of the equation ...
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Solve $x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$

Solve for real $x$ $$x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$$ By inspection, $x=2$ is a root of this equation. So, I squared both sides and divided the six degree polynomial obtained by $x-2$. Then I got a ...
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Setup Quadratic Word Problem

I need help setting up this quadratic word problem, I have no idea where to start. Among all pairs of (real) numbers whose sum is 17, find a pair whose product is as large as possible. What is the ...
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Computing question: A quadratic which gives primes [closed]

This is about Project Euler Problem 27. The question is: Considering quadratics of the form $n^2 + an + b$, where $\lvert a \rvert < 1000$ and $\lvert b \rvert < 1000$ Find the product ...
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how to solve this quadratic equation

$n^2-4n+2=0$ I have tried many things for this but I cant resolve the roots here $n$ should be a positive whole number as it stands for time.
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combination of quadratic and cubic series

I'm an eight-grader and I need help to answer this math problem (homework). Problem: Calculate $$\frac{1^2+2^2+3^2+4^2+...+1000^2}{1^3+2^3+3^3+4^3+...+1000^3}$$ Attempt: I know how to calculate ...
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Quadratic inequality with parameter

Hi I've got this inequality with parameter $a\in R$ $\frac{x+a}{x}\le x+2$ I've solved it but I've got different results than book. I've done it by dividing it into 2 cases. 1. x<0 2. x>0 and then ...
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Modulo Quadratic Polynomials

Can you, given a large number N, find a, b, c such that ax^2 + bx + c = 0 has at least N roots? All of this is in any mod you choose.
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Quadratics Word Problem

The path of a football flying through the air can be modelled by a quadratic equation. The football reaches the ground after 12 seconds in flight and is kicked from a height of 1 meter. The parabola ...
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Given the equation of the parabola, for what values of $t$ will the quadratics have $0$, $1$, or $2$ solutions?

Given the equation of the parabola, for what values of $t$ will the quadratics have $0$, $1$, or $2$ solutions? Equation: $$0 = 3x^2 + tx + 10$$ Can you please explain the answer in simple terms, ...
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Solve $f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c$ to find the value of $K$

$f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$, where $a=-9$, $b=12$ and $c=16$. If $$-1<f'(x)<1$$ then $h<x<k$. To $2$ decimal places, what is the value of $k$? Hi, this is working for solving $f(x) = ax^2 + bx + ...
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Smallest value of function on a line

Problem : If the point $(\alpha, \beta)$ lies on the line $2x+3y=6$, the smallest value of $\alpha^2+\beta^2$ is (a) $36/13$ (b) $6\sqrt{13}/13$ (c) $6$ (d) $13$ Solution : Since ...
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Show that this expression is a perfect square?

Show that this expression is a perfect square? $(b^2 + 3a^2 )^2 - 4 ab*(2b^2 - ab - 6a^2)$
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Why/when did these extraneous solutions appear while solving a quadratic equation?

I am trying to solve the quadratic equation $x^2 + x + 1 = 0$. $x^2 = -1 - x $ $\iff x = -\frac{1}{x} - 1$, assuming $x\neq 0$. Substituting that into the original equation gives $x^2 + (-\frac{1}{x} ...
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What is a complex constant and how do I use it?

I have a question I am trying to understand: "Let $b$ and $c$ be complex constants such that $z^2+bz+c=0$ has two different real roots. Show that $b$ and $c$ are real." My biggest problem here is ...
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Quadratic Congruence in $\mathbb Z/2^n \mathbb Z$

Given the congruence $ax^2+bx+c \equiv 0 \pmod {2^n}$, how precisely does one go about finding its roots? I'm comfortable with quadratic congruence mod n with n odd, but 2's lack of a multiplicative ...