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Date: 5/27/96 at 10:9:38
From: Anonymous

I am totally lost on quadratic equations and I was wondering if you
could show me the fastest way to solve any type of quadratic equation.
The part that really confuses me is the (yx + w)(yx + w), the y part,
and the w. How do I know what to put there? I heard you had to take
the factors of the a in (ax^2 + bx + c = 0) and the factors of c and
somehow make them add up to b. I don't really know. Can you help?
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Date: 5/27/96 at 21:25:32
From: Doctor Ken

Hello!

One thing that may clear something up is that when you said
(yx + w)(yx + w), it would be more accurate to say (yx + w)(jx + k),
because the numbers in the first factor and the second factor don't
have to be the same.

There are some problems in our archives that deal with factoring
quadratic equations. Take a look at those, and if you're still
confused, feel free to write back with more questions. If you do write
back, it would help if you can give us an example of the kinds of
problems you're working on and where you get stuck.

http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/52902.html

Factoring Polynomials
http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/58523.html

Solve by Factoring
http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/58536.html

By the way, my personal favorite method to solve quadratics is to use
the quadratic formula all the time, regardless of whether you could
have factored it or not. But some people don't like that, so you can
use whatever method you like.

-Doctor Ken,  The Math Forum
Check out our web site!  http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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