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    What is the discriminant

    I am confuse about what is discriminant and when do you use it?
    Can anyone give me a good definition of it and when to use it?
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    Re: What is the discriminant

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaim View Post
    I am confuse about what is discriminant and when do you use it?
    Can anyone give me a good definition of it and when to use it?
    Have you tried using Google? Looking in your textbook? Looking in your class notes?
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    Re: What is the discriminant

    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post
    Have you tried using Google? Looking in your textbook? Looking in your class notes?
    Yes...
    I don't have a text book and I can't find my class notes
    I used google and got this "The Discriminant of an equation gives an idea of the number of roots and the nature of roots of the equation" but I am confuse about this definition.

    I was hoping for someone to give me a good answer about discrimininant that could be easy for me to understand...
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    Re: What is the discriminant

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaim View Post
    Yes...
    I don't have a text book and I can't find my class notes
    I used google and got this "The Discriminant of an equation gives an idea of the number of roots and the nature of roots of the equation" but I am confuse about this definition.

    I was hoping for someone to give me a good answer about discrimininant that could be easy for me to understand...
    Disappointing and surprising that Google only gave a single hit. Otherwise you could have read through many more of them and found one that explained it in a way that you understood.
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    Re: What is the discriminant

    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post
    Disappointing and surprising that Google only gave a single hit. Otherwise you could have read through many more of them and found one that explained it in a way that you understood.
    Well, do you think you could explain to me in a way a newbie high schooler could understand?
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    Re: What is the discriminant

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaim View Post
    Well, do you think you could explain to me in a way a newbie high schooler could understand?
    Once you have made a genuine effort and exhausted the possibilities mentioned in this thread, someone might. Perhaps it's also worth trying to find your class notes.
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    Re: What is the discriminant

    Quote Originally Posted by mr fantastic View Post
    Once you have made a genuine effort and exhausted the possibilities mentioned in this thread, someone might. Perhaps it's also worth trying to find your class notes.
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