# What is the discriminant of #x^2+2x+8=0# and what does that mean?

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Jul 15, 2015

The discriminant of

#### Explanation:

For a quadratic equation in the form

the discriminant is

The discriminant is the portion of the quadratic formula for solving a quadratic equation:

Seen in this context, it should be clear why:

For the given quadratic

the discriminant is

which tells us that this equation has no Real solutions.