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Posted by **Marysvoice** on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7:31am.

- Algebra Quadratic Equations -
**drwls**, Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7:47amThe statement is true, if you are talking about a graph of ax^2 + bc + c vs x, and if the equation you are trying to solve is

ax^2 + bx + c = 0

Another way of predicting the number of solutions is calculatin b^2 - 4ac. If it is zero there is one solution. If it is postive there are two. If it is negative there are none.

- Algebra Quadratic Equations -
**Guido**, Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 4:53pmYou are referring to the discriminant, which is part of the quadratic formula in the RADICAND section.

Here is how the discriminant works:

Given a quadratic equation in the forn

ax^2 + bx + c = 0, plug the coefficients into the expression

b^2 - 4ac to see what happens. The expression b^2 - 4ac is called the DISCRIMINANT and it is located in the RADICAND section of the quadratic formula.

1-If you get a positive number, the quadratic will have 2 unique solutions.

2-If you get ZERO, the quadratic will have exactly ONE solution, a double root.

3-If you get a negative number, the quadratic will have NO real solutions, just TWO imaginary ones. In other words, solutions will have the letter i, which is short for "imaginary number."

Is this clear?

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