# SOLUTION: the directions of my homework say , "state the value of the discrimnant for each equation. Then determine the number of real roots of the equation." I'm not sure how to solve the p

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 Question 298071: the directions of my homework say , "state the value of the discrimnant for each equation. Then determine the number of real roots of the equation." I'm not sure how to solve the problems. For example one of the problems are "q^2+4q+3=0" thanks!!!Found 2 solutions by rapaljer, jim_thompson5910:Answer by rapaljer(4670)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!The discriminant is the quantity inside the radical of the quadratic formula. This is . It turns out that if the discriminant is positive, then there will be two real roots; if the discriminant is 0, then there will be one (double!) real root; and if the discriminant is negative, there will be NO real roots--in other words the roots will be complex. In your example, , the discriminant is , which is . Since this is positive, there are TWO real roots. Dr. Robert J. Rapalje, Retired Seminole State College of Florida Answer by jim_thompson5910(29613)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website! From we can see that , , and Start with the discriminant formula. Plug in , , and Square to get Multiply to get Subtract from to get Since the discriminant is greater than zero, this means that there are two real solutions.