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Quadratic Equations

The general formulation of quadratic equations is Ax2 + Bx + C = D, A 0.

In this example, the unknowns appear as second powers but not has higher powers. The coefficients A, B, C and D are real numbers. We refer to Ax2 as a quadratic term, Bx as a linear term, and C as an absolute term. A normalised quadratic equations looks like x + px + q = 0, is derived from the general formulation, and its formulation is attained by division using A (after which p = B/A and q = (C-D)/A). In the normalised state, the coefficient in the quadratic term is 1 and the right hand side equals 0. Usually, when solving such equations, we start with the normalised state. We differentiate between:

quadratic equations (without linear terms): x2 + q = 0, q 0
mixed quadratic equations without absolute terms: x
2 + px = 0, p 0
mixed quadratic equations with absolute terms: x
2 + px + q = 0, p 0, q 0

Mixed quadratic equations also contain linear terms with unknowns.

Number of solutions:

Each quadratic equation has either one, two, or no solutions in its set of real numbers. Relating to verbal functions, we may get a situation where not all of the equation solutions are usable.

Examples of quadratic equations with one, two, or no solutions:

  1. x2 1 = 0

    By adding the number 1 to both sides of the equation and extracting, we get two solutions. The set of solutions is S = { -1,+1} .

  2. x2 = 0

    By extracting, we get one solution: S = { 0} .

  3. x2 + 1 = 0

By subtracting the number 1 from both sides of the equation, we get the equation x2 = - 1. Because the root of negative real numbers do not have a solution, the set of possible solutions is S = { } .

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