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Quadratic Equations 
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A quadratic equation in the variable x is an equation of the form ax^{2} + bx + c = 0, where a, b, c are real numbers and a ≠ 0 is called the standard form of a quadratic equation.
Example: Check whether the following are quadratic equations
i) (x + 1)^{2} = 2(x − 3)
(x + 1)^{2} = x^{2} + 2x + 1 ∵ (a + b)^{2} = a^{2} + 2ab + b^{2}x^{2} + 2x + 1 = 2(x − 3) ⇒ x^{2} + 2x + 1 = 2x − 6
x^{2} + 2x + 1 − 2x + 6 = 0 ⇒ x^{2} + 2x − 2x + 6 + 1 = 0
x_{2} + 7 = 0
The above equation is a quadratic equation, where the coefficient of x is zero, i.e. b = 0ii) x(x + 1)(x + 8) = (x + 2)(x − 2)
LHS
x(x + 1)(x + 8) = x(x^{2} + 8x + x + 8)= x(x^{2} + 9x + 8) = x^{3} + 9x^{2} + 8x
RHS
(x + 2)(x − 2) = x^{2} − 4 ∵ (a + b)(a − b) = a^{2} − b^{2}
Now, x^{3} + 9x2 + 8x = x2 − 4
x^{3} + 9x^{2} − x^{2} + 8x + 4 = 0
x^{3} + 8x^{2} + 8x + 4 = 0
It is not a quadratic equation as it is an equation of degree 3.iii) (x − 2)^{2 }+ 1 = 2x − 3
LHS
(x − 2)^{2} + 1 = x^{2} − 2x + 4 + 1
∵ (a − b)^{2} = a^{2} − 2ab + b^{2}
= x^{2} − 2x + 5
RHS
2x − 3
x^{2} − 2x + 5 = 2x − 3
x^{2} − 2x − 2x + 5 + 3 = 0
x^{2} − 4x + 8 = 0
The above equation is quadratic as it is of the form,
ax^{2} + bx + c = 0
Example: The product of two consecutive positive integers is 420. Form the equation satisfying this scenario.
Let the two consecutive positive integers be x and x + 1 Product of the two consecutive integers= x(x + 1) = 420
⇒ x^{2} + x = 420
x^{2 }+ x − 420 = 0
x^{2} + x − 420 = 0, is the required quadratic equation and the two integers satisfy this quadratic equation. Example: A train travels a distance of 480 km at a uniform speed. If the speed had been 8 km/hr less, then it would have taken 4 hr more to cover the distance. We need to find the speed of the train. Form the equation
satisfying this scenario
Let the speed of the train be x km/hr
Distance travelled by train = 480 km = 480/x hr.
If the speed was 8 km/hr less, i.e. (x − 8)km/hr, then the time taken for travelling 480 km
According to the question,
960 = x(x8) ⇒ x^{2}  8x  960 = 0
x^{2} − 8x − 960 = 0
x^{2} − 8x − 960 = 0, is the required quadratic equation and the speed of the train satisfies the equation
A real number α is called a root of the quadratic equation x^{2 }+bx + c = 0 , a ≠ 0 if aα^{2} + bα + c = 0
We say that x = α is a solution of the quadratic equation.
Example: x^{2} − 2x − 3 = 0
If we put x = −1 in the LHS of the above equation we get,
(−1)^{2} − 2(−1) − 3
1 + 2 − 3 = 0
Thus x = −1 is a solution of the equation x^{2} − 2x − 3 = 0.
To find the roots of the quadratic equations we follow these steps.
Example: Find the roots of the equation x^{2} − 3x − 10 = 0
The given equation is x^{2} − 3x − 10 = 0.
Here a = 1, b = −3 and c = −10
1) Find the product of a and c .
Here, the product of a and c= 10 → (ac) is negative2) Write the factors of this product (ac) such that the sum of the two factors is equal to b.
∴ ac = m × n and m + n = b
Factors of 10 = 2×5
Let m = −5 and n = 2 → (ac=10)
We write the given equation as,x^{2} − 5x + 2x − 10 = 0
x(x − 5) + 2(x − 5) = 0
x − 5 x + 2 = 0
Equate each factor to zero to get the roots of the equation.
x − 5 = 0 and x + 2 = 0
x = 5, −2
Therefore, 5 and 2 are the roots of the equation x
2 − 3x − 10 = 0
Example: Solve the following quadratic equation by factorisation method.
i) 4√3x^{2} + 5x − 2√3 = 0
The given equation is 4√3x^{2} + 5x − 2√3 = 0Here, a = 4√3 , b = 5andc = −2√3
The product of a and c = 4√3 × (−2√3 ) = −8 × 3 = −24
Factors of 24 = 3×8 and 8 + (−3) = 5
The factors of the equation are 8, − 3
So, the given equation can be written as,4√3x^{2} + (8 − 3)x − 2√3 = 0 ⇒ 4 √3x^{2} + 8x − 3x − 2√3 = 0
4x( √3x + 2) −√3 (√3 x + 2) = 0 ⇒ (4x − √3 )(√3x + 2) = 0
Equating each factor to zero we get,(4x −√3 )=0 and (√3x + 2) = 0
The roots of the equation
The given equation is
Multiplying the above equation by x^{2 }we get,Here, a = 2, b = −5 and c = 2
The product of a and c = 2 × 2 = 4
The factors of 4 = 4 × 1 and 4 + 1 = 5
2x^{2} − (4 + 1)x + 2 = 0 ⇒ 2x^{2} − 4x − 1x + 2 = 0
2x(x − 2) − (x − 2) = 0
(2x − 1)(x − 2) = 0
Equating each factor to zero we get,
(2x − 1) = 0 and (x − 2) = 0
x = 1/2 and x = 2The roots of equation 2x^{2 }− 5x + 2 = 0 are 1/2 and 2
Example: The altitude of a rightangled triangle is 7 cm less than its base. If the hypotenuse is 13 cm long, then find the other two sides.
Let the length of the base be x cm, then altitude = x − 7 cm
Hypotenuse = 13 cm
We know, H^{2} = P^{2} + B^{2}
132 = (x − 7)^{2} + x^{2} ⇒ 169 = x^{2} − 14x + 49 + x^{2}
x^{2} − 14x + 49 + x^{2} = 169 ⇒ 2x^{2} − 14x + 49 − 169 = 0
2x^{2} − 14x − 120 = 0
Dividing the above equation by 2 we get,x^{2} − 7x − 60 = 0
Here, a = 1, b = −7 and c = −60
The product of a and c = 1 × (−60) = −60
The factors of 60 = 5 × 12 and −12 + 5 = 7
The given equation can be written as,x^{2} − 12x + 5x − 60 = 0
x(x − 12) + 5(x − 12) = 0 ⇒ (x + 5)(x − 12) = 0
Equating each factor to zero we get,
(x + 5) = 0 and (x − 12) = 0 ⇒ x = −5 and x = 12
The length of the base cannot be negative.
Therefore, Base = 12 cm
Altitude = x − 7 cm = 12 − 7 = 5 cm, Hypotenuse = 13 cm
If we have to find the solution of a quadratic equation by completing the square, we follow the steps given below.
The complete square is,
Let’s learn to complete the square with the help of a diagram
Example: Find the roots of the following quadratic equations by the method of completing the square:
i) 2x^{2} − 7x + 3 = 0
The given quadratic equation is 2x^{2} − 7x + 3 = 0
The coefficient of x2 is not 1, so we divide the whole equation by 2.
Now move 3/2 to RHS
Adding (7/4)^{2 }to both sides we get,
Taking square root of both sides we get,The roots of the equation are 3 and 1/2
ii) 4x^{2 }+ 4√3x + 3 = 0
Dividing the whole equation by 4, so that the coefficient of x^{2} is 1.
Shifting 3/4 to RHS
Adding to both sides we get,
Taking the square root of both sides
The roots of the given equation are
Example: Solve the quadratic equation
x^{2} − (√5 + 1)x + √5 = 0 by completing the square method.
The given quadratic equation is, x^{2} − (√5 + 1)x = −√5 = 0Shifting √5 to RHS we get,
x^{2} − (√5 + 1)x = −√5
Adding to both sides we get,
Taking +ve sign first
Taking –ve sign
The roots of the given equation are √5 and 1
The roots of the quadratic equation ax^{2} + bx + c = 0 are given by
Where D = √b^{2} − 4ac is called the discriminant.
This formula is known as the Quadratic Formula.
The nature of the roots depends upon the value of Discriminant, D.
Example: Find the roots of the equation,
The given equation is
Squaring both sides of the equation we get,
Here, a = 4, b = −37 and c = 40
Substituting the value of a, b and c in the quadratic formula
Taking +ve sign first,
Taking ve we get,
The roots of the given equation are 8 and 5/4.
Example: Find the numerical difference of the roots of the equation x^{2} − 7x − 30 = 0
The given quadratic equation is x^{2 }− 7x − 30 = 0
Here a = 1, b = −7 and c = −30
Substituting the value of a, b and c in the quadratic formula
Taking +ve sign first,
Taking ve we get,The two roots are 10 and 3
The difference of the roots= 10 − (−3) = 10 + 3 = 13
Example: Find the discriminant of the quadratic equation x^{2} −4x − 5 = 0
The given quadratic equation is x^{2} − 4x − 5 = 0.
On comparing with ax^{2} + bx + c = 0 we get,
a = 1,b = −4, and c = −5
Example: Find the value of p, so that the quadratic equation px(x − 2) + 9 = 0 has equal roots.
The given quadratic equation is px(x − 2) + 9 = 0
px^{2} − 2px + 9 = 0Now comparing with ax^{2} + bx + c = 0 we get,
a = p, b = −2p and c = 9
The given quadratic equation will have equal roots if D = 0
p = 0 and p − 9 = 0 ⇒ p = 9
p = 0 and p = 9
The value of p cannot be zero as the coefficient of x, (−2p) will become zero.
Therefore, we take the value of p = 9.
Example: If x = −1 is a root of the quadratic equations 2x^{2} +px + 5 = 0 and the quadratic equation p(x^{2} + x) + k = 0 has equal roots, then find the value of k.
The given quadratic equation is 2x^{2} + px + 5 = 0. If x = −1 is the root of the equation then,
2(−1)2 + p(−1) + 5 = 0
2 − p + 5 = 0 ⇒ −p = −7
p = 7
Putting the value of p in the equation p(x^{2} + x) + k = 0,
7(x^{2} + x) + k = 0 ⇒ 7x^{2} + 7x + k = 0
Now comparing with ax^{2} + bx + c = 0 we get,
a = 7, b = 7 and c = k
The given quadratic equation will have equal roots if D = 0
Therefore, the value of k is 7/4.
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