How do you find the roots, real and imaginary, of #y=(x/5-1)(-2x+5)# using the quadratic formula?

1 Answer
Jan 15, 2017

Answer:

#x in {5, 5/2}#

Explanation:

No need to use the quadratic formula to find the roots since the equation is already factored out. Equate y to 0 to find the roots.

#y = 0 = (x/5 - 1)(-2x + 5)#

#=> x/5 -1 = 0#, and/or #-2x + 5 = 0#

#=> x/5 = 1 => x = 5#

#=> -2x = -5 => x = 5/2#


If you really need to use the quadratic formula

#y = 0 = (x/5 - 1)(-2x + 5)#

#=> 0 = -2/5x^2 + 3x - 5#

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Given the quadratic equation

#ax^2 + bx + c = 0#, its roots can be determined by the formula

#x = (-b +- sqrt(b^2 - 4ac))/(2a)#

#=> x = (-3 +- sqrt(3^2 - 4*(-2/5)(-5)))/(2(-2/5)#

Proceeding with the computation should give us the same result as with the one above.