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    quadratics graphs

    hi,

    i'm doing a question on cubic graphs and i was told that if there is a squared value involved the graph line will touch rather than cross directly the x axis. i've come to a question that is y = (x - 2)(x^2 + 2x + 4) so i thought it may touch because it has a square value then realised it doesn't when i looked at the answer. so i thought maybe i should factorise the quadratic equation but i don't think you can? what has gone wrong here?

    thanks, mark

    ah i've just realised the quadratic formula might need to be used, any input would still be appreciated though
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark View Post
    hi,

    i'm doing a question on cubic graphs and i was told that if there is a squared value involved the graph line will touch rather than cross directly the x axis. i've come to a question that is y = (x - 2)(x^2 + 2x + 4) so i thought it may touch because it has a square value then realised it doesn't when i looked at the answer. so i thought maybe i should factorise the quadratic equation but i don't think you can? what has gone wrong here?

    thanks, mark

    ah i've just realised the quadratic formula might need to be used, any input would still be appreciated though
    That's only when the whole factor is squared .. ie (x-a)^2 ,

     x^2 + 2x + 4 is complex ..
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    what about just the discriminant part of the quadratic formula?
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