Algebra II : Quadratic Formula

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Example Questions

Example Question #41 : Quadratic Formula

Find a root for:   

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the quadratic equation that applies for .

There is no  term.   Substitute the known coefficients from the polynomial.

Simplify the numerator and denominator.

The roots will be imaginary.

One of the possible answers is:  

Example Question #42 : Quadratic Formula

Solve: 

Possible Answers:

None of these

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Solve using the Quadratic formula: 

Since our quadratic is in standard form , just plug in the values from the equation.

Simplify within the radical:

Simplify the radical:

Divide both numerators by the denominator to simplify:

 

 

Example Question #43 : Quadratic Formula

Use the quadratic formula to determine a root:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the quadratic formula for polynomials in the form of 

Substitute the known values.

Simplify the equation.

The roots to this parabola is:    

The answer is .

Example Question #44 : Quadratic Formula

Find a root using the quadratic equation:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the quadratic equation.

Rewrite the given equation in  form.

We can determine the coefficients of the terms.

Substitute these values into the quadratic equation.

Rewrite this fraction using common factors, and simplify each step.

One of the possible answers given is:  

Example Question #45 : Quadratic Formula

Solve the following equation:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Let . Then the given equation can be rewritten in terms of  as follows:

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By the quadratic formula,

Since , we now have  and , which implies that  and . Substituting each of these values yields a true statement; hence, the solutions to the original equation are

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Example Question #46 : Quadratic Formula

Solve for the roots:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the quadratic formula.

The given equation  is in standard form of:

The coefficients correspond to the values that go inside the quadratic equation.

Substitute the values into the equation.

Simplify this equation.

The radical can be rewritten as:

Substitute and simplify the fraction.

The answer is:  

Example Question #41 : Quadratic Formula

Solve for the roots, if any:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This polynomial is in the standard form of a parabola, .

Write the quadratic formula.

Identify the variables.

Simplify the quadratic.

Split the fraction.

The answer is:  

Example Question #48 : Quadratic Formula

Determine the roots, if possible:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the quadratic equation.

This equation will apply for polynomials in  format.

Substitute the correct values into the quadratic formula.

Simplify this equation.

The answer is:  

Example Question #49 : Quadratic Formula

A ball is launched straight up from the ground at time , and the height of the ball from the ground at time  is described by the function . Find the time at which the ball returns to the ground.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to solve this problem, we think about how to translate what is asked of us in the problem into a mathematical notion. The problem asks us to find when the ball returns to the ground. We know that the ball is launched from the ground at time , and if we plug  into our original function, we will find that at time ,  . Therefore, our "ground" is located at , which is also the horizontal axis. This means that if we are looking for when our ball returns to the ground, mathematically we are looking for values of  which make . In other words, we are looking for the zeros (or horizontal intercepts) of our function. 

Typically, the easiest way to find zeros is to factor, but in this situation factoring won't get us very far. So, we have to turn the quadratic formula. Remember for a function f(x) in the standard quadratic form, , you can find the zeros by plugging them into the quadratic formula, which is...

The first step in using the quadratic formula is to identify the proper , and . In our case,  and , while . So, to solve for our zeros, we simply need to plug these numbers into the quadratic formula and solve for x.

Since we know that  is when our ball was launched, we know that  must be when our ball returns to the ground. 

Example Question #50 : Quadratic Formula

Find the zeros of the function f(x) where

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Typically, the easiest way to find the zeros of a function is to factor. However, with this quadratic, which may not be particularly easy to factor by hand, quadratic formula may be easier. Recall that for a polynomial in the standard quadratic form, , the quadratic formula will give you all real zeros of the polynomial. First, we need to identify what , and  are in our original function. In this case, , and . Next, we need to set up the quadratic formula, plug in our values, and solve.

Now we have our zeros! 

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