I just need to know for my College Math class. I feel like I am not doing so great in class and need HELP.
In reality if it is a quadratic then there are always two roots. The two roots may be the same number, but still there are two. What I think your class is working on is the discrimanant. That's the (b^2-4ac) term under the radical. If this term is zero (i.e., in X^2 + 2X + 1) then the two roots of the equation are the same number and the quadratic is said to have only one solution. If the value of (b^2-4ac) is a positive then you will have two unique real roots by using the + value of its square root and by using its - negative value in the equation
-b + (b^2-4ac)^0.5
X = ________________
2a
If the value of (b^2-4ac) is negative then you end up with two roots that are both imaginary.