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December 6th, 2007, 10:04 PM   #1
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alternate quadratic formula


I have a question that's been bugging me for quite a while...

Is there an alternate quadratic formula?

I know the standard one...

However, I know there has to be another one!

I used to be actively involved in Kumon, a rigorous Japanese Mathematics program. While in Kumon, I remember learning this alternate quadratic formula. I am no longer in the Kumon program, so I don't remember this alternate quadratic formula.

What I do remember is that it was shorter and simpler.

Does anybody know this alternate quadratic formula??? If anyone could please tell me that would be great... it would make my math homework A LOT easier.

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December 7th, 2007, 06:43 AM   #2
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Any such formula would have to give the same answers, so you can manipulate the formula into whatever kind of formula you like. But in the end all formulas will be of the form

A +/- B where A = -1/2 b/a and B = sqrt(b^2/4 - ac)/a

though they may look different.
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If a formula is a solution to an equation and is able to give ALL the solutions to the equation, then it is THE ONLY such formula. It would be contradictory otherwise.
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x = 2c/(-b ± √(b² - 4ac)) (provided a and c are non-zero)

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Re: alternate quadratic formula

I go to Kumon. I think the answer you're looking for is the one that you can do provided that b in ax2 + bx + c is replaced by an even number (2b). It becomes (-b±√(b²-ac))/a.

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Re: alternate quadratic formula

Perhaps it is this.
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Re: alternate quadratic formula

If $\displaystyle ax^2 = bx + c$

then $\displaystyle x = \frac{b \pm\sqrt {b^2 + 4ac}}{2a}$

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I used to visit kumon. I had the same question as I forgot it too.

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Haha! I had just learned about the other forms of the quadratic formula in kumon and was looking to see if I could do some research on it!
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When calculating the roots using the standard formula, first choose a sign to replace "±" so that both terms in the numerator have the same sign. If the numerator then has value f, the roots are f/(2a) and 2c/f. Doing it this way avoids excessive rounding error in certain cases.
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