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    The problem is from Numerical Methods. Please show each step of your solution and tell me the theorems, definitions, etc. if you use any.

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    Ok, as for x1, we have:

    x1= (-b+sqrt(b^2- 4ac))/(2a)

    Now we multiply the top and the bottom by (-b- sqrt(b^2- 4ac)) i.e.

    x1= [(-b+sqrt(b^2- 4ac))/(2a)]* [ (-b- sqrt(b^2- 4ac))/(-b- sqrt(b^2- 4ac))], so

    x1= [(-b+sqrt(b^2- ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution shows how to manipulate the quadratic formula into a given form.