# Quadratic Equations – An Overview

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Quadratic equations are one of the most fundamental mathematical concepts in Algebra. They are used to solve equations with two unknowns, and can be used to model a wide variety of real-world problems. In this tutorial, we'll provide an overview of quadratic equations, including how to solve them and their various applications in the world around us. We'll start by introducing the basic concept of a quadratic equation and the different types of equations that can be classified as such. We'll then look at how to solve these equations using various methods, such as factoring, completing the square, and using the quadratic formula.

Finally, we'll discuss some examples of how quadratic equations can be used to model real-world problems. A quadratic equation is an equation of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0, where a, b, and c are constants. It is different from linear equations in that it has a second-degree term (x2) instead of just a first-degree term (x). This means that the graph of a quadratic equation is a parabola, rather than a line. Quadratic equations can be used to model a wide range of real-world problems, from predicting the trajectory of a projectile to describing the motion of a pendulum. Quadratic equations can be expressed in different forms, such as standard form, vertex form, and factored form.

In standard form, the equation is written in the form ax2 + bx + c = 0. In vertex form, the equation is written in the form a(x - h)2 + k = 0, where (h, k) is the vertex of the parabola. In factored form, the equation is written as a product of two binomials. The most common way to solve a quadratic equation is by using the quadratic formula.

This formula states that if an equation is written in standard form, its solutions can be found by using the following formula: x = [-b ± √(b2 - 4ac)] / 2a. This formula gives both real and imaginary solutions to a quadratic equation. Alternatively, a quadratic equation can be solved by factoring it into two linear equations. This method works when the quadratic equation can be factored into two binomials.

When solving a quadratic equation, there are three possible types of solutions: real roots, imaginary roots, or repeated roots. Real roots occur when the discriminant (the part inside the square root in the quadratic formula) is greater than or equal to zero; these are the most common type of solution. Imaginary roots occur when the discriminant is less than zero; these solutions involve complex numbers and are not as common as real roots. Repeated roots occur when the discriminant is equal to zero; in this case, both solutions are equal.

A quadratic equation can also be graphically represented on a coordinate plane. The graph of a quadratic equation is always a parabola; its properties (such as its vertex and intercepts) can be determined from its graph. The vertex of a parabola is its highest or lowest point; it can be found by calculating the x-coordinate of the vertex using the formula x = -b / 2a. The x-intercepts of a parabola are points where it crosses the x-axis; they can be found by setting y = 0 and solving for x.

Similarly, the y-intercepts of a parabola are points where it crosses the y-axis; they can be found by setting x = 0 and solving for y.