# Real roots

• Jan 11th 2009, 02:53 AM
Real roots
Show that the equation $x^2+(3a-2)x+a(a-1)=0$ has real roots for all values of a are real numbers ..

I tried this ..
$(3a-2)^2-4(a^2-a)$
$=9a^2-12a+4-4a^2+4a$
$=5a^2-8a+4$

Is it because $5a^2-8a+4$ is a quadratic equation and hence it has real roots ? Or i am in the wrong path ...
• Jan 11th 2009, 03:04 AM
Moo
Hello,
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Show that the equation $x^2+(3a-2)x+a(a-1)=0$ has real roots for all values of a are real numbers ..

I tried this ..
$(3a-2)^2-4(a^2-a)$
$=9a^2-12a+4-4a^2+4a$
$=5a^2-8a+4$

Is it because $5a^2-8a+4$ is a quadratic equation and hence it has real roots ? Or i am in the wrong path ...

In order to prove that the first equation (x²+(3a-2)x+a(a-1)=0) has real roots, you have to prove that the discriminant, 5a²-8a+4 is always positive (or equal to 0).

So you have to see when $5a^2-8a+4\geq 0$
In order to prove this, find the discriminant : 64-16*5<0
Hence the sign of 5a²-8a+4 is always the same, and its sign is the sign of the leading coefficient, 5.

Thus $5a^2-8a+4>0$ for all a.

Therefore, the equation has real roots for all a.

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• Jan 11th 2009, 03:06 AM
hmmmm
you would have to show that the descriminant is always greater or equal zero for a as real number, so you would have to show that 5a^2-8a+4 is always greater than or equal to zero. You could do this by plotting the function on a graph.
sorry for repeating what was just said i think i posted it at the same time.