13. Determine the values of c for which x^2 + 2cx - 4 will have exactly 2 real roots.

2. Originally Posted by rlarach
13. Determine the values of c for which x^2 + 2cx - 4 will have exactly 2 real roots.
Apply the following:

For the quadratic $Ax^2 + Bx + C$ the discriminant is defined to be $\Delta = B^2 - 4AC$.

$\Delta > 0 \, :$ The quadratic has 2 real roots
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$\Delta = 0 \, :$ The quadratic has 1 (repeated) root.

$\Delta < 0 \, :$ The quadratic has no real roots.

Do not confuse the c in your question with the C in the above formulae.