SOLUTION: Solve the equation using the quadratic formula. 4x^2 - 23x - 6 = 0

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Question 248215: Solve the equation using the quadratic formula.
4x^2 - 23x - 6 = 0

Answer by jim_thompson5910(33401) About Me  (Show Source):
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Let's use the quadratic formula to solve for x:

Starting with the general quadratic


the general solution using the quadratic equation is:


So lets solve 4%2Ax%5E2-23%2Ax-6=0 ( notice a=4, b=-23, and c=-6)

x+=+%28--23+%2B-+sqrt%28+%28-23%29%5E2-4%2A4%2A-6+%29%29%2F%282%2A4%29 Plug in a=4, b=-23, and c=-6

x+=+%2823+%2B-+sqrt%28+%28-23%29%5E2-4%2A4%2A-6+%29%29%2F%282%2A4%29 Negate -23 to get 23

x+=+%2823+%2B-+sqrt%28+529-4%2A4%2A-6+%29%29%2F%282%2A4%29 Square -23 to get 529 (note: remember when you square -23, you must square the negative as well. This is because %28-23%29%5E2=-23%2A-23=529.)

x+=+%2823+%2B-+sqrt%28+529%2B96+%29%29%2F%282%2A4%29 Multiply -4%2A-6%2A4 to get 96

x+=+%2823+%2B-+sqrt%28+625+%29%29%2F%282%2A4%29 Combine like terms in the radicand (everything under the square root)

x+=+%2823+%2B-+25%29%2F%282%2A4%29 Simplify the square root (note: If you need help with simplifying the square root, check out this solver)

x+=+%2823+%2B-+25%29%2F8 Multiply 2 and 4 to get 8

So now the expression breaks down into two parts

x+=+%2823+%2B+25%29%2F8 or x+=+%2823+-+25%29%2F8

Lets look at the first part:


x=48%2F8 Add the terms in the numerator

x=6 Divide

So one answer is


Now lets look at the second part:


x=-2%2F8 Subtract the terms in the numerator

x=-1%2F4 Divide

So another answer is


So our solutions are:

x=6 or x=-1%2F4