# Discriminants

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If I am using the quadratic formula to solve a quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0, the discriminant is b2 - 4ac. This discriminant can be positive, zero, or negative. (When the discriminant is negative, then we have the square root of a negative number. This is called an imaginary number, sqrt(-1) = i. )

Explain what the value of the discriminant means to the graph of y = ax2 + bx + c.

In the real world, where might these imaginary numbers be used?

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Discriminants are investigated.

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