p. 404. Quadratic equations
- Peter M. Higgins
A quadratic equation is one involving a squared term and takes on the form ax2 + bx + c = 0. Quadratic expressions are central to mathematics, and quadratic approximations are extremely useful in describing processes that are changing in direction from moment to moment. ‘Quadratic equations’ outlines the three-stage solution process. Firstly, the quadratic expression is factorized into two linear factors, allowing two solutions to be written down. Next is completing the square, which allows solution of any particular quadratic. Finally, completing the square is applied to the general equation to derive the quadratic formula that allows the three coefficients to be put into the associated expression, which then provides the solutions.