Lesson Summary - 13MAR2013

Key learning point(s): Nature of roots
This is determined by the Discriminant (D), which is b^2-4ac, and is also derived from the general formula for Quadratic formulas.

There are three cases:
  • When D=0, roots are real and distinct - Graph intersects x-axis twice (Example: x = -2 or 4)
  • When D > 0, roots are real and equal - Graph's tangent for turning point is x-axis (Example: x=2)
  • When D < 0, roots are imaginary or complex - Graph does not cut x-axis (Example: x=3+4i, x=3+4sqrt-1)

 When D  0, roots are real.

• When considering whether a variable will result in a positive Discriminant, consider signage! (Example: a^2)
-seen in Pract. 8 (page 157)

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