Tag Archives: quadratic equations

Application of the Discriminant

The discriminant of a quadratic equation, ax2 + bx + c = 0 is D = b2 – 4ac. If D>0, the quadratic equation has two distinct roots; if D<0, then the equation has no real roots; and, if D=0, the we have two equal roots. Let’s apply it in the following problem. What is… Read More »

Solving quadratic equations by completing the square

I’m not a fan of  teaching the quadratic formula for solving the roots of quadratic equations because the sight of the outrageous formula itself is enough to make students wish they are invisible in their algebra class. Indeed who wants to have to do with Of course not all quadratic equations can be solved by… Read More »

What exactly is the square root of 36?

Mathematics is already a difficult subject so let us not make it more difficult to students to make sense of with the confusing rules we tell them. For example, we insist that the square root of 36 is 6 and -6 yet we also insist that √36 is equal to 6 and not -6. A colleague… Read More »

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