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Using complete sentences, explain what the discriminant is and what it tells you about the solutions of a quadratic equation. Provide a unique example to back up your explanation.
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anonymous
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The discriminant is the value of b^2 - 4ac from the quadratic formula. It is the radicand in the formula. If the discriminant is a perfect square and positive then you can take a square root that is a real number and your result is two rational numbers: Assume the equation x^2 - 3x + 2 = 0 then b^2 - 4ac = (-3)^2 - 4(1)(2) = 9 - 8 = 1 and there are two rational solutions If the discriminant is 0, then the radical is 0. and you get a repeated rational solution Assume that x^2 - 2x + 1 = 0, then b^2 - 4ac = (-2)^2 - 4(1)(1) = 0 the solution is x = -1 a repeated rational number If the discriminant is positive but not a perfect square, you get two real but irrational solutions Assume x^2 - 4x + 2 = 0, b^2 - 4ac = (-4)^2 - 4(1)(2) = 16 - 8 = 8 and the solutions involves the +- sqrt (8) If the discriminant is negative you get two complex solutions (since you have a negative under the square root). these solutions on conjugates of each other. Assume x^2 - x + 1 = 0, b^2 - 4ac = (-1)^2 - 4(1)(1) = 1 - 4 = -3 the solutions are (1 +- sqrt(-3))/2 = (1/2) +- (sqrt 3)/2 i

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