# User:Psellier/My Sandbox

Objective
 After working through this section you will: find the x values that satisfy a given quadratic equation

Discussion
 What does it mean to solve a quadratic equation?

A quadratic equation is an equation of the form ax2+bx+c=0. For example, 2x2-7x-15=0.

So, what does it mean to solve a quadratic equation?

Solving a quadratic equation means finding those values of x that make the equation true.

For example, solving 6x2+10x+3=7 means finding the values of x that make this equation true.

If x=-2, 6(-2)2+10(-2)+3=7

If x=1/3,6(1/3)2+10(1/3)+3=7

Only these two values of x: -2 and 1/3 make this equation true, so these are the solutions to the equation 6x2+10x+3=7.

How do I find these values of x that make the equation true?

Before we discuss that, there is an important theorem we need to revisit:

# Preknowledge

 The Zero Factor Principle

If a x b = 0 then

• a=0
• b=o

or both a and b are zero.

Now we have reviewed the Zero Factor Principle, we can continue our exploration into solving quadratic equations. We see now that we can solve any factor-equation of the form ab=0.

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