Functions Modeling Change: A Preparation for Calculus, 5th Edition

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Chapter 3 - Quadratic Functions - Exercises for Skills for Completing the Square - Page 138: 46

Answer

$$x=\frac{1}{2},\:x=-\frac{1}{4}$$

Work Step by Step

The quadratic formula states: $$x_{1,\:2}=\frac{-b\pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$$ Thus, solving the equation, we find: $$ x_{1,\:2}=\frac{-\left(-2\right)\pm \sqrt{\left(-2\right)^2-4\cdot \:8\left(-1\right)}}{2\cdot \:8} \\ x=\frac{1}{2},\:x=-\frac{1}{4}$$
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