How do you find the roots, real and imaginary, of #y=-12x^2-2x -12# using the quadratic formula?

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Dec 8, 2017

Answer:

See a solution process below:

Explanation:

The quadratic formula states:

For #color(red)(a)x^2 + color(blue)(b)x + color(green)(c) = 0#, the values of #x# which are the solutions to the equation are given by:

#x = (-color(blue)(b) +- sqrt(color(blue)(b)^2 - (4color(red)(a)color(green)(c))))/(2 * color(red)(a))#

Substituting:

#color(red)(-12)# for #color(red)(a)#

#color(blue)(-2)# for #color(blue)(b)#

#color(green)(-12)# for #color(green)(c)# gives:

#x = (-color(blue)(-2) +- sqrt(color(blue)((-2))^2 - (4 * color(red)(-12) * color(green)(-12))))/(2 * color(red)(-12))#

#x = (color(blue)(2) +- sqrt(color(blue)(4 - 576)))/-24#

#x = -(2 +- sqrt(-572))/24#

#x = -(2 +- sqrt(4 * -143))/24#

#x = -(2 +- sqrt(4)sqrt(-143))/24#

#x = -(2 +- 2sqrt(-143))/24#

#x = -(1 +- 1sqrt(-143))/12#

#x = -(1 +- sqrt(-143))/12#