
Quadratic proof
I was doing some problems last night, and I came across this one and I am not sure how to get started.
If the polynomial does not have any (real*) roots, prove that has two (real*) roots.
*In full disclosure, the text did not include the word 'real' before the word 'roots'. Obviously, by the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, both will have two roots.
I was thinking about arguing that equation A must have a discriminant that is negative ( ) and therefore Equation B will have a positive discriminant ( ). A quadratic with a positive discriminant has two real roots.
Is there a better / more clever way to solve this?
Thanks

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Okay, but you are skipping over the crucial part of the proof: how does follow from ?

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since the quadratic ax^2+bx+c=0 has no real roots b^2<4ac .and since b^2 is positive either both a and c are positive or both are negative.In the second quadratic the c is negative therefore the product 4ac becomes now negative therefore b^2<4a(c) is not possible since b^2 is a positive number .Therefore b^24a(c)>0 and in this case the quadratic has two real roots.

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Thank you HallsofIvy and Minoanman!

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Hi Heaviside.
If it is to any help to you, I have scribbled the actual proof: http://s12.postimage.org/bpozskgal/q...rmulaproof.png
I changed letters from uppercase to lowercase. These are the same values, I just got lazy.

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