• March 5th 2008, 03:05 PM
jaypak
Why can't a quadratic a real and a non real roots? Explain.

Thanks
• March 5th 2008, 03:27 PM
TheEmptySet
Quote:

Originally Posted by jaypak
Why can't a quadratic a real and a non real roots? Explain.

Thanks

Actually it can... for example

$(x-2i)(x+3)=0$

if we expand it we get

$x^2+(3-2i)x-6i=0$
has solutions x=2i and x=-3.

The question I think you are asking is...

Why cant a quadratic with REAL coefficients have both real and complex solutions.

The discriminant tell us what type and how many solutions we will get.

To remind you it is the part under the radical

$b^2-4ac$

If it is positive you will get two different real solution.

If it is zero you get one repeated real solution.

if it is negative two complex solutions.

I hope this helps...
• March 5th 2008, 03:28 PM
TKHunny
I'm guessing you mean a Quadratic Expression with REAL coefficients. It does help to state the question clearly.