# Solving equations by the quadratic formula

In 8.1, we discussed the quadratic formula as a method of
solving quadratic equations. It can be

used on any quadratic equation . The quadratic formula is actually a derivation
of completing the

square and its final form looks like this :

Ex. 1

Solve by using the quadratic formula:

***You might want to start off by reminding yourself what a,
b, and c stand for: Now put those into
the quadratic formula :
Work under the radical first and be sure to use the order of
operations : . Keep working under
the radical: Simplify the radical if
possible and calculate the answers :**

***Before starting this problem, put the equation in
descending order and set the equation equal to zero :
Now use the quadratic formula :
Again, work under the
radical and use the order of operations to get :
We can’t take the square root of 8
evenly and remember that the square root of a negative
number is imaginary so we’ll simplify it this way:**

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