Using the Quadratic Formula
Aligned To Common Core Standard:
High School - HSA-REI.B.4b
How to use the Quadratic Formula? The easiest way to solve the quadratic equation is to factor the quadratic for the value of 'x.' We equate each factor equal to zero and then find the solution for each factor. Where factoring seems challenging, the quadratic formula makes it easier to find the solutions. If you use the general quadratic equation, ax^2 + bx + c = 0 Then you will be able to find the roots of the quadratic equation i.e., values of 'x' for which the equation is being solved THE QUADRATIC FORMULA - Quadratic Formula also uses 'a' , 'b' , and 'c' to represent the numerical coefficients. Quadratic Formula is written as: X = (-b±√(b^2 )-4ac)/2a Let's understand this better with an example WORKED EXAMPLE - First, identify the values for a, b, and c. make sure you write your equation in the format of quadratic equation, i.e., ax2+bx+c=0 Let's assume if we have, x2 + 4x – 21 = 0 | a is the coefficient with x2, so in this case, we have a=1, b is the coefficient with x, here b=4, c is the numerical constant, so here c = -21 replace all the values in the formula: x = (-4 ±√16-4.1.(-21))/(2.1) solving the equation for the value of x x = (-4 ± √100)/2 | x = (-4 ±10)/2 | x = (-4+10)/2,(-4-10)/2 | x = 6/(2 ) ,(-14)/2 | x = 3, -7 | the values of 'x' are 3, and -7
Printable Worksheets And Lessons
- Solve for y Step-by-step
Lesson- See the quadratic formula in action here.
- Guided Lesson -
Find the value of the variables using the quad. formula.
- Guided Lesson Explanation
- Once students get the hang of using the formula, it becomes second
- Practice Worksheet -
Yes, there is a similar theme among these problems. I find this
theme helps them grasp the technique much faster.
- Matching Worksheet
- Match the variable's value to the quadratics.
This is an important section for students. They can use all the practice that they can get.
This skill is found in so many different forms of science that it is key to motion in many respects.
Math Skill Quizzes
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