# What do the variables in the quadratic formula mean?

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Nov 3, 2014

The quadratic formula uses the coefficients of the quadratic equation in standard form when it is equal to zero (y = 0). A quadratic equation in standard form looks like

Here is an example of how the coefficients of the quadratic equation are used as variables in the quadratic formula:

This means a = 2, b = 5, and c = 3.

So the quadratic formula becomes: