# The Quadratic Equation

The *quadratic equation* formula describes the general shape of a parabola, and the coefficients a, b, and c determine its size and position.

## Formula

The formula to *solve *a quadratic equation is very simple. Almost all high-school students should know this.

## Discriminant

The *discriminant part* indicates whether the solutions of x will be real or imaginary.

### Discriminant > 0

When the discriminant is a positive number, there are two real roots to the equation, given by the formulas shown above.

### Discriminant = 0

When the discriminant is equal to zero, there is only one real solution.

### Discriminant < 0

When the discriminant is negative, there are no real roots, and two imaginary roots, as shown above. The roots form a complex conjugate pair.

## Quiz

Here is a very simple pub type question and answer, ideal for the so-called “educated” educators. Very few in UK can answer this one correctly.

### Question

Who was the first person to give an explicit solution for a quadratic equation with negative numbers?

### Answer

Brahmagupta

## Question and Answer

Here are some real-life example questions and answers. Consider these as online worksheets. It might prove useful to GCSE students and teachers.

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