# Lesson goal: Using the Quadratic Formula

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Remember solving quadractic equations? If you have a quadractic equation in "standard form," which is $Ax^2+Bx+C=0$, then the two solutions to this equation will be $$x=\frac{-B\pm\sqrt{B^2-4AC}}{2A}.$$

In grade-school algebra the equations are kept simple in that the roots (or answers) to quadractic equations are always real. If you look carefully at the quadractic formula, there is a $\sqrt{B^2-4AC}$. As you know, you cannot take the square root of a negative number (if you want roots that are real numbers). In other words, $B^2-4AC$ (which is called the discriminant) must always be $\ge 0$, so in a quadratic equation solver, we must check that this is true (with an if statement) before continuing.

# Now you try. Put some inequality to test in the if statement. You also have to complete the x1= and x2= lines to give the $+$ and $-$ roots, as computed with the quadratic formula above.

This code will not run! What will you put in the if ???? then statement to ensure that $d$ (the discriminant) is $\ge 0$ before continuing to compute $x1$ and $x2$, the two solutions to the equation?

By the way, in this case we'll say that $x1=\frac{-B+\sqrt{B^2-4AC}}{2A}$ and $x2=\frac{-B-\sqrt{B^2-4AC}}{2A}.$ Dismiss.

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