How do you solve #5x^2 - 10x - 12 = 0 #?

1 Answer
Aug 8, 2015

Answer:

Use the quadratic formula to find:

#x = 1 +- sqrt(85)/5#

Explanation:

#5x^2-10x-12# is of the form #ax^2+bx+c# with #a=5#, #b=-10# and #c=-12#

This has discriminant #Delta# given by the formula:

#Delta = b^2-4ac = (-10)^2-(4xx5xx-12)#

#= 100+240 = 340 = 2^2*85#

This is positive, but not a perfect square, so the quadratic equation has a pair of irrational roots, given by the quadratic formula:

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

#=(10+-sqrt(340))/10#

#=(10+-2sqrt(85))/10#

#=1+-sqrt(85)/5#