Posted by **upset ** on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 2:03am.

Solve by using the quadratic formula

x^2-4x-45=0

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**drwls**, Friday, May 28, 2010 at 7:53am
Look up the quadratic formula.

x = [-b +/-sqrt(b^2-4ac)]/2a

Then apply it. (a,b,c are the coefficients and constant in the equation)

You should get an integer solution since the equation can easily be foactored to give (x-9)(x+5) = 0

the solutions are 9 and -5.

Hint: b^2 - 4ac = 16 + 180 = 196, which had integer square roots + or - 14.

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