posted by Emily on .
For what values of k does the function f(x)=(k+1)x^2+2kx+k-1 have no zeros? One zero? Two zeros?
You must calculate Discriminant Ä
For quadratic equation:
ax^2+bx+c , Ä=b^2-4*a*c
If the discriminant is positive, then there are two distinct roots.
If the discriminant is zero, then there is exactly one distinct real root, sometimes called a double root.
If the discriminant is negative, then there are no real roots. Rather, there are two distinct (non-real) complex roots, which are complex conjugates of each other.
Ä is Greek letter Delta(letter like triangle).
In your case a=k+1 , b=2k , c=k-1
You equatin have 2 real roots
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