How do you factor a quadratic equation when 'a' does not equal 1?


If the term is not equal to 1, then divide both sides by that coefficient. Thanks for using AnswerParty!!

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quadratic equation

In elementary algebra, a quadratic equation (from the Latin quadratus for "square") is any equation having the form

where x represents an unknown, and a, b, and c are constants with a not equal to 0. If a = 0, then the equation is linear, not quadratic. The constants a, b, and c are called, respectively, the quadratic coefficient, the linear coefficient and the constant or free term.

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Elementary algebra

Elementary algebra encompasses some of the basic concepts of algebra, one of the main branches of mathematics. It is typically taught to secondary school students and builds on their understanding of arithmetic. Whereas arithmetic deals with specified numbers, algebra introduces quantities without fixed values, known as variables. This use of variables entails a use of algebraic notation and an understanding of the general rules of the operators introduced in arithmetic. Unlike abstract algebra, elementary algebra is not concerned with algebraic structures outside the realm of real and complex numbers.

The use of variables to denote quantities allows general relationships between quantities to be formally and concisely expressed, and thus enables solving a broader scope of problems. Most quantitative results in science and mathematics are expressed as algebraic equations.

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Quadratic forms

In mathematics, a quadratic form is a homogeneous polynomial of degree two in a number of variables. For example,

is a quadratic form in the variables x and y.

Quartic function

In mathematics, a quartic function, is a function of the form

where a is nonzero, which is defined by a polynomial of degree four, called quartic polynomial.

Completing the square

In elementary algebra, completing the square is a technique for converting a quadratic polynomial of the form

to the form

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