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1 Teaching Quadratic Functions Contents Overview Lesson Plans Worksheets A1 to A12: Classroom activities and exercises S1 to S11: Homework worksheets

2 Teaching Quadratic Functions: National Curriculum Content A Simple Map An analysis of the National Curriculum suggests the following content under a heading of quadratic functions: Solve quadratic equations Of the form ax² + bx + c = 0 Simultaneous quadratic and linear by Trial and error Factorisation Completing the square The quadratic formula with Graphical methods Use graphs of Quadratic functions plot and draw Transpositions of graphs Modelling functions Notation Key Terms Index notation y = f(x) Identities Factorise Expand cancel Coefficient Factor Collect like terms Re-arrange We will take a graphical approach as our central structuring feature. Hence the issues of using the graphs will be saved for a second set of lessons.

4 We will need to cope with the problem of the distinction between roots and solutions. compare multiplying out ( x = 3) ( x + 2) and the solutions x = 3, x = 2) We need to find factorisable quadratics, then factorise them. Most quadratics give solutions that are not easy to read off. Hence, we have to solve by trial and error ( e.g. on the graphical calculator by zooming). This demonstrates a need to find a general formula. To find this we can go back to the apex problem. Look at quadratics in the form: y = ( x + 2) 2 3, where is the apex? So, if we can get our equation into this form, then we can find the apex. Hence completing the square. This also gives us a method for finding the solutions, since in the example we have: 2 y = ( x + 2) = ( x + 2) = ( x + 2) ± 3 = x + 2 x = 2 ± 3 Hence a general formula can be derived from this method. This describes the narrative. A structured sequencing of all of the material that we are required to include by the national curriculum, making a coherent statement about the nature of quadratic functions and yielding all of the required algorithms and techniques as necessary parts of the story.

7 Activity Worksheet A1: Graphing quadratic functions. Exposition A quadratic expression has the form: ax² + bx + c a, b and c are called co-efficients. a is the co-effieient of x² b is the coefficient of x and c is the constant term Plenary Whole class discussion around the discussion points in the last question of worksheet A1. It is only necessary to reach the most general of conclusions at this stage. However attention should be drawn to the three key features of the graph, being: the roots, the y-intercept and the position of the apex. Materials/Equipment Graphical calculators. Worksheets S1 and A1.

8 Lesson 2: Plotting Graphs Learning Objectives To plot and draw graphs of quadratic functions using y = and f(x) notations. Starter Activity Worksheet S2 Activity Worksheet A2 Exposition Complete the graph which constitutes question 1 on worksheet A2. Emphasise labelling of axes and graph. Plenary It is important to be able to plot and draw graphs by hand. This gives us a feel for the process and makes sure we can calculate effectively. However, it is slow and time consuming. For the remainder of the work we will use software or graphical calculators to produce the graphs for us. Materials/Equipment Calculators scientific or graphical. Worksheets S2 and A2.

9 Lesson 3: Graph Variations Learning Objectives Investigate the key features of a quadratic graph. Draw general conclusions about the changes in a, b and c that affect these features. Starter Activity (Reproduced as Worksheet S3 this may be better as an OHT) Experiment with the graphical calculator to find a quadratic function, which gives a graph like each of these. When you have found one. Find more. Activity (Work in pairs/groups of 3) Investigate different quadratic functions of the form y = ax² + bx + c. Draw conclusions about the effect of changing the values of a, b and c. Experiment with different families. You can put more than one graph into the calculator at a time. Try a whole family. Increase the complexity of your functions carefully! e.g. try x² then x² + 1 then x² + 2 etc. try x² then 2x² then 3x² etc. try x² then x + x then x + 2x etc. Exposition Pupils present their own conclusions. Add any needed from these: c determines the y-intercept. a determines the 'thickness' or 'spread' of the graph b determines the position of the apex along the x-axis (although this is affected by a if a 1) Materials/Equipment Graphical calculators Worksheets S3 and A3

10 Lesson 4: y = ax² + c Learning Objectives Find a relationship between the roots, position of the apex and y-intercept and the values of a and c in quadratic functions of the form y=ax²+c Starter Activity Worksheet S4: Solutions. Ensure that everyone tries Q9 and Q10 and that the conclusion is announced. Activity Worksheet A4: Key Points Exposition Pupils present there own conclusions to the discussion points at the end of worksheet A4. Draw out a conclusion about the roots: When a = 1, then the roots are + or c but only when c is negative. When a = 2, then we get ± ( c/2). Hence, in general ± ( c/a). Check this with y = 2x² -18, y = 3x² -12, y = 2x² -50 for example. Materials/Equipment Graphical calculators Worksheets S4 and A4

11 Lesson 5: y = x² + bx Learning Objectives Compare the roots of quadratics of the form y=x²+bx and the results of factorising. Starter Activity Worksheet S5: Factorising 1 Continue with quick practice examples on factorising. Activity Worksheet A5 Exposition Pupils present there own conclusions to the discussion points at the end of worksheet A5. Draw conclusion that the non-zero root is the negative of what is in the bracket. Work towards conclusion that the apex has x coordinate b/2a Materials/Equipment Graphical calculators Worksheets S5 and A5

12 Lesson 6: y = (x + n)(x + m) Learning Objectives Investigate the roots of quadratic functions of the form y = (x + n)(x + m) Starter Activity Worksheet S6: Multiplying Out Activity Worksheet A6 Exposition Pupils present there own conclusions to the discussion points at the end of worksheet A6. Draw conclusion that the roots are the negative of what is in the bracket. Work towards conclusion that the apex has x coordinate (m + n)/2 If we can write a quadratic equation in the form y = (x + n)(x + m) then we can easily find the roots. Materials/Equipment Graphical calculators Worksheets S6 and A6

13 Lesson 7: Factorising and Multiplying Out Learning Objectives Find the roots of factorisable quadratics. Solving equations in this form. Starter Activity Worksheet S7: Factorising 2 Draw conclusions about how to find the factors in general. Add lots of quick practice. Activity Worksheet A7 Emphasise the roots to solutions argument at the start of the worksheet Exposition Re-cap on method and argument. Materials/Equipment Worksheets S7 and A7.

14 Lesson 8: Trial and Improvement by Zooming Learning Objectives To solve quadratic equations of the form by trial and improvement ax² + bx + c = 0 using the zoom facility. Starter Activity Quick practice with more factorisable quadratic equations. Finish with one or two which are not factorisable what can we do now? We know that the if the equation = 0, then the roots from the graph are the solutions. So we can look closely at them on the graphical calculator. Activity Worksheet A8. Demonstrate how to use the trace and zoom facilities to find the roots. Consider accuracy try one more zoom to check that the answer is accurate enough. (2 significant figures is normally enough one well placed zoom box can often achieve this). See Worksheet A8 for details. Exposition Solve the original problem from the Juizhang (lesson 1) using this method. 2w² w = 0 It's quite hard to see and needs at least 2 ZOOM OUT's before you can see the roots. Materials/Equipment Graphical calculators. Worksheet A8

15 Lesson 9: Trial and Improvement by Calculation Learning Objectives To solve quadratics equations of the form by trial and improvement, ax² + bx + c = 0 by calculating. Starter Activity Worksheet S9: Solving quadratic equations Activity Practice trial and error using the example from worksheet A9. Emphasise practice in entering the whole quadratic into the calculator in one go. Note especially the need to use brackets for negatives when squaring. Practice and discuss making a good first guess. (You could use a graphical calculator to help some may see this as 'cheating', but if the tool is available, then there can be no harm in using it!) Exposition Take notes on: Knowing the sign of the solutions. (Emphasise the difference between roots and solutions). Materials/Equipment Worksheets S9 and A9. Scientific or graphical calculators.

16 Lesson 10: Finding the Apex from Completed Squares Learning Objectives To find the position of the apex and the solution of equations of the form y = (x + m)² + n (= 0) Starter Activity Re-visit worksheet A5. Whole class discussion with graphical calculators to find the apex of quadratics of the form: ax² + bx. Activity Worksheet A10 Exposition Materials/Equipment Worksheets A5 and A10 Graphical calculators

17 Lesson 11: Completing the Square Learning Objectives Solve quadratic equations by completing the square. Starter Activity Worksheet S11. Ensure that pupils have to hand the work of the previous lesson, so that they can compare the solutions from this worksheet with those obtained from the graphs on A10. Exposition Carefully follow the development on worksheet A11 example. Ensure that the board remains with the solution set out in the form that the exercise questions are presented in. Activity Worksheet A11 Materials/Equipment Worksheets S11 and A11. Scientific calculators. (Possibly graphical calculators).

18 Lesson 12: Finding the General Formula Learning Objectives See how the quadratic formula can be derived by completing the square. Use the formula to solve quadratic equations. Activity Work carefully through the material on the worksheet. Show how the development is identical to the working of the previous lesson. Include the possibility of a coefficient a at the end. Show how the algebra needs to be modified if this is appropriate. Either give pupils a few quadratics to practice on at the end or leave them to try a few of their own. Exposition As above Homework Write a report of all of the different methods for solving quadratic equations. Give examples. Materials/Equipment Worksheet A12, scientific calculator.

19 Worksheet A1: Graphs of Quadratic Functions Use your graphical calculator to draw graphs of quadratic functions. Press the Y = button. Type in the function: Use the X/T/θ button to type the x's. Use the x² button to type in the ². Press GRAPH For the next one press Y = then press CL or CLEAR to start again. For each function draw a small pair of axes and make a sketch of the graph. Write the function next to your sketch. 1. y = x² 2. y = x² y = x² 3x 4. y = x² 5x y = 2x² y = 3x² 5x 2 7. Now try out lots (at least 10) of different quadratics functions. Remember: you may only use x², x and numbers. 8. Draw conclusions: What are the most important parts of the graph? What is the difference between the graphs? What effect does the number before the x² have? What effect does the number before the x have? What effect does the number at the end have?

20 Worksheet S1: Multiplying Out Fill in the boxes and write the total. Example 25x =850 Exercise 13x x x xx x 30 8 x x x x ( x + 3) x x 3 ( x + 2) x ( x + 3) x 3 x 2

21 Worksheet A2: Plotting Quadratic graphs 1. Plot a graph of y = x² + 5x 3 for x between 4 and 4. To work out the values of y type carefully into your calculator. Don't forget to use the (-) or +/- button for negative signs. Use the x² button for ². Use brackets to square a negative number. So, for x = 4, press ( +/- 4 ) x² + 5 +/- 4-3 = Check that you get 7 Copy and fill in this table, which gives us the points to plot: x y points 4 7 ( 4, 7) Now draw a pair of axes horizontally from -4 to 4 and vertically from 7 to 33 (the largest and smallest y values). Graph paper is best. Plot the co-ordinates on your axes. Join them with a smooth curve, that goes a little beyond the end points. Label your axes and your curve x Make a new table and draw a new graph for: (a) y = x² x + 3 between 4 and 4 (b) y = 2x² +3x 1 between 3 and 5

22 Worksheet S2: Functions A function gives the value of an expression for different x. If we choose a number for x, then we can evaluate the function. We can write a function as f(x). Examples 1. If f(x) = x² then: (a) f (3) = 3 2 = 3 3 = 9 (b) f (0) = 0 2 = 0 0 = 0 (c) f ( 1) = ( 1) 2 = 1 1 = 1 2. If f(x) = x² + 3x 2 then: (a) f (2) = = = 8 (b) f ( 3) = ( = = 2 3) Exercise 1. If f(x) = x² + 1 then evaluate: (a) f(2) (b) f(5) (c) f(0) 2. If f(x) = x² 3 then evaluate: (a) f(4) (b) f(2) (c) f(1) 3. If f(x) = x² + 3x then evaluate: (a) f(1) (b) f(4) (c) f(10) 4. If f(x) = x² 2x + 1 then evaluate: (a) f(3) (b) f(1) (c) f(0) 5. If f(x) = x² + 5x - 2 then evaluate: (a) f(2) (b) f(7) (c) f( 1)

23 Worksheet A3: Changing the Shape Investigate different quadratic functions of the form y = ax² + bx + c. Draw conclusions about the effect of changing the values of a, b and c. Experiment with different families. You can put more than one graph into the calculator at a time. Try a whole family. Increase the complexity of your functions carefully! Here are some families to try out first: try x² then x² + 1 then x² + 2 etc. Press the Y = button. Type in the function: Use the X/T/θ button to type the x's. Use the x² button to type in the ². Press GRAPH For the next one press Y = then use the down arrow to use Y 2 try x² then 2x² then 3x² etc. try x² then x + x then x + 2x etc.

24 Worksheet S3: Find that Function Experiment with the graphical calculator to find a quadratic function, which gives a graph like each of these. When you have found one of each type, find more. 1. Press the Y = button. Type in the function: Use the X/T/θ button to type the x's. 2. Use the x² button to type in the ². Press GRAPH For the next one press Y = then press CL or CLEAR to start again. 3.

25 Worksheet A4: Key Points You are going to use a graphical calculator to investigate quadratic functions of the form: y = ax² + c So, you can multiply the x² part by a number and then add to take away a number. You are going to look at three key points: the y-intercept the roots the apex Investigate families of functions: First try y = x² the y = x² + 1 then y = x² + 2 etc. Then try y = x² then y = x² 1 then y = x² 2 etc. Then try y = x² then y = 2x² then y = 3x² etc. Copy the table. Make sure that you agree with the first entry. Now try out your first family. Fill the results into the table. Now try out other families of quadratic functions. Use Zoom Out to see all of the key points if you need to. Function a c Root 1 Root 2 Apex y-intercept x y y = 2x² (0, 8) Draw conclusions: What is the relationship between c and the y-intercept? What is the relationship between c and the apex? What is the relationship between a, c and the roots? (harder!)

26 Worksheet S4: Solutions Exercise Solve the following equations: 1. 3a = 12 a = b + 1 = 11 b = c 4 = 11 c =.. Remember: 3 3 = 9 and 3 3 = 9 4. d² = 4 d =.. or d =.. 5. e² = 25 e =.. or e =.. 6. f ² 25 = 0 f =.. or f =.. 7. g² 100 = 0 g =.. or g =.. 8. x² 16 = 0 x =.. or x =.. 9. Use your graphical calculator to draw y = x² 16. Where does the graph cross the x-axis? 10. Use your graphical calculator to draw y = x² 9. Where does the graph cross the x-axis?

28 Worksheet S5: Factorising 1 Exercise Copy and fill in. (This is called multiplying out) = 2. x (x + 1) x x 1 x(x + 1) = 3. 2x (x + 3) x 3 2x 4. 2x (3x 4) 3x 4 2x 2x(x + 3) = 2x(3x 4) = 5. 3x (5x + 2).. = Now do it the other way round. (This is called factorising) 6. (. +.)... x² 4.= x² (. +.)... 2x² 6.= 2x² (. +.)... 3x² 15.= 3x² + 15

29 Worksheet A6: Roots and Factorising 2 You are now going to investigate quadratic functions of the form y = (x + m)(x + n) You are going to look at the roots and the x position of the apex: the x position of the apex the roots Copy and fill in the table. Check the first entry: make sure that you agree. Add more quadratics (of the form y = (x + m)(x + n)) of your own. Function m n Root 1 Root 2 x position of the apex y = (x + 3)(x 5) Draw conclusions: How does this form help you find the roots? What is the relationship between m and n and the roots? Suggest how you could work out the x position of the apex directly from m and n.

30 Worksheet S6: Multiplying Out Exercise Copy and fill in. (This is called multiplying out). 1. (x + 2) (x + 1) x 1 x 2 (x + 2)(x + 1) = 2. (x + 3) (x + 2) x 2 x 3.. = 3. (x + 5) (x + 7) x x.... = 4. (x 2) (x + 4) = 5. (x - 3) (x - 5) = 6. (x + 9) (x - 3) =

31 Worksheet A7: Finding Solutions Remember The roots of the function y = (x + 3)(x 2) are x = 3 and x = 2 This is where the graph crosses the x-axis. Where y = 0. So the roots are the solutions to a quadratic equation (x + 3)(x 2) = 0. Example Solve the equation x² + x 6 = 0 Solution x² + x 6 = (x + 3)(x 2) So the solutions are x = 3 and x = 2 Exercise 1. Copy and complete: To solve the equation x² + 4x + 3 = 0 x² + 4x + 3 = (x +.)(x +.) So the solutions are x =. and x =. 2. Copy and complete: To solve the equation x² + 8x + 12 = 0 x² + 8x + 12 = (x +.)(x +.) So the solutions are x =. and x =. 3. Solve these quadratic equations. (a) x² + 5x + 6 = 0 (b) x² + 9x + 20 = 0 (c) x² + 13x + 12 = 0 (d) x² + 2x 8 = 0 (e) x² + 5x 14 = 0 (f) x² 3x 16 = 0 (g) x² x 20 = 0 (h) x² + 3x = 10 (i) x² 2x = 8 (j) x² = 7x 6

32 Worksheet S7: Factorising Activity When a quadratic function is written in the form y = (x + m)(x + n) we can easily find the roots. This makes it easy to solve the equation (x + m)(x + n) = 0. The solutions are m and n. Factorise x² + 7x + 12 x m x x² mx n nx 12 What must n and m be? Notice that m n = 12 And mx + nx = 7x, so m + n = 7. Which two numbers add to make 7 and multiply to make 12? Copy and complete: x² + 7x + 12 = (x +...)(x +...) Exercise 1. Factorise x² + 8x Hint: Which two numbers add to make 8 and multiply to make 15? Copy and complete: x² + 8x + 15 = (x +...)(x +...) 2. Factorise x² + 9x + 8. Hint: Which two numbers add to make 9 and multiply to make 8? Copy and complete: x² + 9x + 8 = (x +...)(x +...) 3.. Factorise x² + 3x 15. Hint: Which two numbers add to make 3 and multiply to make 15? Copy and complete: x² + 3x 15 = (x......)(x......) (Note: put the + or signs in yourself) 4.. Factorise x² 2x 8. Hint: Which two numbers add to make 2 and multiply to make 8? Copy and complete: x² 2x 8 = (x......)(x......) 5.. Factorise x² 8x Hint: Which two numbers add to make 8 and multiply to make 12? Copy and complete: x² 8x + 12 = (x......)(x......)

33 Worksheet A8: Trial and Improvement 1 You are going to solve quadratic equations by trial and improvement using the TRACE and ZOOM functions on a graphical calculator. We need to find the roots - the x value at these points Work through this example: Solve x² + 3x 2 = 0. Press Y = and enter x² + 3x 2. Press GRAPH Press ZOOM and select BOX or ZBOX Move the cursor to a place just to the left and below one of the roots. Press ENTER Move the cursor to a place just to the right and above the same root. Press ENTER The screen should zoom in on the root. Press TRACE Move the cursor onto the root Repeat Zoom Box for a really accurate result. Write the solution to 2 significant figures. You should get x = 0.56 Now press Zoom and select Zstandard or Default to get back to the original graph. Repeat the procedure above for the other root. You should get x = 3.6 The solution is x = 0.56 and x = 3.6 X= Y=0 Hint: when you use Zoom Box Make the box as small as possible Make sure the root is in the middle of the box

34 Exercise Solve the following quadratic equations by trial and improvement. Use ZOOM BOX twice and write your answers to 2 significant figures. 1. x² + 5x + 1 = 0 2. x² + 3x + 2 = 0 3. x² + 2x 8 = 0 4. x² 3x + 1 = 0 Hint: If you cannot see a root when you first draw the graph, use ZOOM OUT 5. x² 6x 10 = 0 6. x² 5x + 4 = x² + 7x 3 = x² 6x 1 = 0 9. x² 2x = x² = 6x + 10

35 Worksheet A9: Trial and Error by Calculation It is useful to be able to find a solution by trial and error without looking at the graph. This will test your ability to have a 'feeling' for the solution. The better your first guess, the quicker you get to a solution. Remember: In general a quadratic equation will have two solutions. They will either be both negative, both positive or one of each. You know from factorising that you can tell which you will get, by looking at the coefficients. Explain why: x² + 4x + 3 = 0 has two negative solutions. x² 4x + 3 = 0 has two positive solutions x² + 4x 3 = 0 or x² 4x 3 = 0 have one of each. Example: Solve x² + 7x 5 = 0 by trial and error to 1 d.p. Solution: There will be one positive and one negative solution. Make and fill in a table: For the positive solution For the negative solution Guess for x x² + 7x 5 Guess for x x² + 7x x = 0.7 (to 1 d.p.) is closest x = 7.7 (to 1 d.p.) is closest

36 Exercise 1. Copy and complete the solution: Solve x² + 9x + 13 = 0 by trial and error to 1 d.p. There will be solutions (choose 2 positive, 2 negative or one of each) For the solution For the solution Guess for x x² + 9x + 13 Guess for x x² + 9x + 13 x =... (to 1 d.p.) is closest x =... (to 1 d.p.) is closest 2. Now solve these equations by trial and error to 1 d.p. (a) x² + 5x + 3 = 0 (b) x² + 8x + 7 = 0 (c) x² + 2x 19 = 0 (d) x² 5x 34 = 0 (e) x² 12x + 14 = 0 (f) x² + 5x = 20

37 Worksheet S9: Solving Quadratic Equations Reminder Example: Solve the equation: x² + 9x 22 = 0 Two numbers that multiply to make 22 and add to make 9: 11 2 = 22 and = 9 So, x² + 9x 22 = (x + 11)(x 2) = 0 The solutions are x = 9 and x = 2 Exercise Solve the quadratic equations by factorising. 1. x² + 7x + 12 = 0 x² + 7x + 12 = (x.)(x.) = 0 The solutions are x =. and x =.. 2. x² + 6x + 8 = 0 x² + 6x + 8 = (x.)(x.) = 0 The solutions are x =. and x =.. 3. x² + 2x 24 = 0 x² + 2x 24 = (x.)(x.) = 0 The solutions are x =. and x =.. 4. x² 5x 14 = 0 x² 5x 14 = (x.)(x.) = 0 The solutions are x =. and x =.. 5. (a) x² 2x 35 = 0 (b) x² + 12x 32 (c) x² + 4x = 21 (d) x² x + 12 = 32

38 Worksheet A10: Completing the Square 1 You are going to look at the graphs of quadratic equations like this: y = (x + m)² + n. In each case you need to find the x co-ordinate of the apex and the roots. the x position of the apex the roots Exercise Quadratic y = (x + 4)² 1 y = (x + 3)² 4 y = (x 5)² 16 y = (x + 2)² 9 y = (x 5)² 1 y = (x 3)² 25 Make observations: x co-ordinate of the apex root 1 root 2 difference Starting from the x co-ordinate of the apex, I can add or subtract the same amount to find the roots. Write this amount into the difference column. In all of these examples a number is taken away from the square in brackets. What happens when a number is added to the square? Try to find a relationship between the number inside the brackets and the numbers taken away at the end compared to the roots.

39 Worksheet A11: Completing the Square We have seen that solving a quadratic equation is possible if it has a square in brackets with a number subtracted. Putting a quadratic into this form is called completing the square. Example Solve the equation: x² + 3x 5 = 0 Solution To get the 3x we must have 1.5x inside the bracket. (x + 1.5)² gives us x² + 1.5x + 1.5x + 1.5² = x² + 3x We want 5 at the end. So we need to take away the 2.25 and the 5 that makes So: x² + 3x 5 = (x + 1.5)² 7.25 We can finish this as before: (x + 1.5)² 7.25 = 0 (x + 1.5)² = 7.25 (x + 1.5) = ± 7.25 either x = 2.69 x = x = 1.2 (to 1 d.p.) or x = 2.69 x = x = 4.2 (to 1 d.p.) It would be good practice to check this solution graphically.

40 Exercise Use algebra to check the solutions of these equations: 1. Copy and complete: To complete the square of x² + 6x + 3. We will try (x.)² This gives: (x..)² = x² + 6x +.. We want +3 at the end so we need to take away 6. So, x² + 6x + 3 = (x..)².. 2. Copy and complete: To complete the square of x² 8x We will try (x.)² This gives: (x..)² = x² 8x +.. We want +10 at the end so we need to take away... So, x² 8x + 10 = (x..)².. 3. Copy and complete: To complete the square of x² 7x 9. We will try (x.)² This gives: (x..)² = x² 7x.. We want 9 at the end so we need to take away... So, x² 7x 9 = (x..)².. 4. Solve the equation x² + 6x + 3 = 0 Hint: use your answer to question1. 5. Solve the equation x² 8x + 10 = 0 6. Solve the equation x² 7x 9 = 0

41 Worksheet S11: Solutions from Completed Squares When we graphed y = (x + 4)² 1 we found that the roots are at x = 3 and x = 5. So these are the solutions of the equation (x + 4)² 1 = 0. We can check this with algebra. (x + 4)² 1 = 0 (x + 4)² = 1 (x + 4) = ± 1 either x + 4 = 1 x = 1 4 x = 3 or x + 4 = 1 x = 1 4 x = 5 Exercise Use algebra to check the solutions of these equations: 1. (x + 3)² 4 = 0 2. (x 5)² 16 = 0 3. (x + 2)² 9 = 0 4. (x 5)² 1 = 0 5. (x 3)² 25 = 0

42 Worksheet A12: The Formula We are now in a position to find a formula that will work for all quadratic equations. We will use the completing the square method but apply it to the general quadratic equation: x² + bx + c = 0 Solution To get the bx we must have inside the bracket. gives us We want + c at the end. So we need to take away the and add a c. That makes So: We can finish this as before: This is the quadratic formula.

43 We need to do a little bit more algebra to find the most common form of this equation: If we have a number multiplying the x² with an equation of the form: ax² + bx + c = 0 Then the formula becomes: You should work hard to memorise this formula. Right at the beginning of this work we saw a quadratic equation from the Juizhang. The ancient Chinese text book. It was to work out the width of a door: 2w w = 60 We can now use our formula to solve the equation: a = 2, b = 13.6, c = b ± w = 2 ( b 4a ) 2a c 2 ( ) 1.63±.7 6 = 2 2 Check carefully with a calculator that you get the two solutions: w = 57 units or w = 84 units. Because we are dealing with the width of a door, the negative answer is meaningless. So, the door is 57 units wide. You should practice using the quadratic formula on a range of quadratic equations. Give examples in your notebook.

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