When using the quadratic formula, if the coefficient of x squared is negative does that mean a is negative or absolute?

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- October 7th 2009, 10:43 PMolivia59Simple quadratic question
When using the quadratic formula, if the coefficient of x squared is negative does that mean a is negative or absolute?

- October 7th 2009, 11:11 PMearboth
- October 8th 2009, 12:00 AMpacman
When using the quadratic formula, if the coefficient of x squared is negative does that mean a is negative or absolute?

ax^2 + bx + c = 0 is the quadratic equation. The coefficient of x^2 which is**a**can be positive or negative.

-2x^2 + x + 3 = 2x^2 - x - 3 = 0, but in case you have this -2x^2 + x + 3 = 0, using quadratic formula, a = -2. But if you choose 2x^2 - x - 3 = 0, then a = 2. - October 8th 2009, 04:56 AMstapel