Algebra 2 (1st Edition)

Published by McDougal Littell
ISBN 10: 0618595414
ISBN 13: 978-0-61859-541-9

Chapter 4 Quadratic Functions and Factoring - 4.8 Use the Quadratic Formula and the Discriminant - 4.8 Exercises - Skill Practice - Page 296: 39


Two imaginary solutions

Work Step by Step

We first check that the function is in the form $ax^2+bx+c$. We know that the discriminant is in the form $b^2-4ac$. If this is positive, there are two real solutions. If this is 0, there is one real solution. If this is negative, there are two imaginary solutions. Thus, we find: $$(-2)^2-4(-2)(-5)=-36$$ Thus, there are two imaginary solutions.
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