What is the discriminant of #f(x)=-3x^2-2x-1#?

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Sep 11, 2014

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What is the discriminant of #3x^2-10x+4=0#?

Aug 2, 2015

Answer:

The discriminant is #-8#

Explanation:

#f(x) = -3x^2-2x-1# is of the form #ax^2+bx+c#,

with #a=-3#, #b=-2# and #c=-1#

The discriminant #Delta# is given by the formula:

#Delta = b^2 - 4ac#

#= (-2)^2-(4xx-3xx-1) = 4-12 = -8#

The discriminant is the expression under the square root in the quadratic formula for the solutions of #ax^2+bx+c = 0#, viz

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

In our case #Delta = -8 < 0#, so the square root has a pure imaginary value and the solutions of #f(x) = 0# are complex conjugates.