How do you find the roots, real and imaginary, of #y= 2x^2 - 7x + 2 # using the quadratic formula?

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Aug 29, 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)(2)# for #color(red)(a)#

#color(blue)(-7)# for #color(blue)(b)#

#color(green)(2)# for #color(green)(c)# gives:

#x = (-color(blue)((-7)) +- sqrt(color(blue)((-7))^2 - (4 * color(red)(2) * color(green)(2))))/(2 * color(red)(2))#

#x = (7 +- sqrt(49 - 16))/4#

#x = (7 +- sqrt(33))/4#