Solving Quadratics

Alannah Goode

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You can Solve by Factoring...

Alannah Goode Factoring

...Or by using the Quadratic Formula

Alannah Goode Quadratic Formula

Complex Numbers



1) If needed, multiply by conjugate (switch "+" or "-" sign)

2) Multiply using FOIL method

3) Remember: i² = -1

4) Combine like terms

5) Reduce if possible

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Graphing Quadratics

Standard Form

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Vertex Form

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Application Problems

Maximum/Minimum Problems

Example: A hot air balloon takes off from the ground. The height in meters, h, of the hot air balloon above the ground is given by h = -6t² + 60t + 130. t is the time in seconds. Find the maximum height of the hot air balloon in the air.

1) To find the time of the maximum height, plug the numbers into the vertex formula; reduce if possible.

2) Now that you have the time, you need to find the maximum height. Plug the vertex into the original equation so it takes the place of t.

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Time at which an object hits the ground

Example: The height in feet, h, of a penny thrown into the air is given by h = -8t² + 50t + 130. t is the time in seconds. Find the time it takes the penny to fall to the ground.

1) You need to set h = 0 and solve for t for this problem, as it wants to know the time it takes the penny to fall to the ground.

2) Plug your numbers into the quadratic formula and solve, and reduce if possible.

3) In the end, you will have a positive and negative answer. Only the positive answer is correct because you can't have a negative time.

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And that's how you solve quadratics!