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Quadratic Equations.
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Introduction
GCSE Maths Coursework Quadratic Equations
By Joe Gill
Introduction
There are several ways of solving Quadratic equations. These are
FACTORISING
THE QUADRATIC FORMULA
COMPLETING THE SQUARE
TRIAL & IMPROVEMENT
Here is an example of how to solve a quadratic equation using factorising:-
Factorising a quadratic means putting the equation into two brackets. The standard format for quadratics is ax² + bx +c = 0.
How to Answer a Quadratic Equation by factorising
Solve x2-x+12=0 by factorising
1. Firstly rearrange it x²-x=12
2. a=1 so the initial brackets are :- (x ) (x )
3. We now want to look at all the pairs of numbers that multiply to give c (=12), but which also add or subtract to give the value of b:
1 x 12 gives: 13 or 11
2 x 6 give: 8 or 4
3 x 4 give 7 or 1 (this is the value of b)
4. So 3 & 4 will give b + or – 1, so put them in the brackets: - (x 3) (x 4)= 0
5. Now fill in the +/- signs so that the 3 &4 add/subtract to give -1 (=b),so we must have +3 and -4 so we’ll have (x+3) (x-4)
6. Now check by expanding the brackets out and see of they give x²-x = 12.
7. Now we have to work out the roots. A simple way to work out the roots is to just switch the +/- signs on the two numbers in the bracket i.e. x=-3 or +4
Examples of some quadratic equations Solved by Factorising
Here are a few examples of factorising & solving equations where a=1:-
1.) X² +7x+10= 0
Middle
x= -7 +/- √7² -4x3x-1
2x3
= -7 +/- √49 +12
6
= -7+/- √61 = -7 +/- 7.81
6 6
= 0.1350 or =2.468
X= -0.14 or -2.47 (2dp)
4. Finally check by putting the values back into the original equation
How to solve Quadratics by completing the square
1. Rearrange The quadratic into the standard format ax²+bx+c=0
2. If a is not 1 then divide the whole equation by a to make sure it is
3.Write out the initial bracket
4. Multiply out the brackets and compare to the original
Example
Express x²-6x-7=0 as a completed Square, and hence solve it
(x-3)²
Square out the brackets x²-6x+9 and compare it to the original : x²-6x-7
To make it like the original equation it needs – 16 on the end, hence we get (x-3)²-16=0 as the alternative version of x²-6x-7
Now we have to solve it.
Take the 16 over to get (x-3)²=16
Then square root both sides to give us (x-3)=+/- 4
Take the 3 over to get x= +/-4+3
So x=7 or -1
Factorising Quadratics when a does not equal one
Example
Solve 3x² + 7x=6 by factorising
1. Firstly put the formula into the basic format 3X²+7x-6=0
2. Now because a=3 The two x-terms in the brackets will have to multiply to give 3x² so the initial brackets will have to be: (3x )(x )
3.
Conclusion
X3-2x2-5x+6 =0
5. Finally work out the roots
a=1 b=-2 c=-5 d=6
Examples on Building a Cubic Equation
1. X=2,-1&3
(X-2)(x+1)(X-3)=0
(X2+x -2x -2)(X-3)=0
X³+x²-2x2-2x -3x2-3x+6x+5=0
Equation = x³-4x² +3x+5 =0
a=1 b=-4 c=3 d=+5
2. X= 4,-2&-3
(X-4)(x+2)(x+3)=0
(X2+2x-4x-8)=0
(X2-2x-8)(x+3)=0
X3-2x2-8x +3x2 -5x -28=0
Equation= x3+x2-13x-24=0
a=1 b=1 c=-13 d=-24
3. 2x=3 x=-1 x=2
x=3/2
(2x-3)(x+1)(X-2)=0
(2x2-x-3)(x-2)=0
2x3-x2-3x-4x2+2x+6
Equation= 2x3 -5x2 –x + 6=0
a=2 b=5 c=1 d=6
4. x= -5-7 4
(x+5)(x+7)(x-4)=0
(x2+5x + 7x + 35)(x-4)=0
x3+5x2+7x2+35 -4x2-20x -28x- 140=0
Equation= x3 +8x2-48x- 105=0
a=1 b=8 c=-48 d=-105
5. 5x = 10 x= 2,-5, 10
(5x-10)(x-10)(x+5)=0
(5x2-60x+100)(x+5)=0
5x3-60x2+100x +25x2-300x +500=0
Equation= 5x3-35x2-200x+500=0
Na=5 b=-35 c=-200 d= 500
A Table of Results for Cubic Equations
Equation | Roots | a | b | c | d | Sum | Product |
X3-4x2+3x+5 | 2,-1,3 | 1 | 4 | 3 | 5 | 4 | 6 |
X3+x2-13x-24 | 4,-2,-3 | 1 | 1 | -13 | -24 | -1 | -24 |
2x3-5x2-x+6 | 3/2,-1,2 | 2 | 5 | 1 | 6 | 2.5 | -3 |
X3+8x2-48x-105 | -5,-7,4 | 1 | 8 | -48 | -105 | -8 | 140 |
5x3-35x2- 200+500 | 2,-10,5 | 5 | -35 | -200 | 500 | -3 | -100 |
Rules Shown from The Table
- The product divided or subtracted by d gives a
- The sum = b divided by a
- When the roots are substituted back into the equation they equal themselves or d.
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