# How to Solve Quadratic Equations: 0 ax bx c + + = ```How to Solve Quadratic Equations: ax2 + bx + c = 0
Note: Always read the directions carefully. If the directions require you to use a specific method then use
that method. However, if you are not told which method to use you can use the following guidelines to help
you make the best choice.
Two Special Cases
ax 2 + c = 0
Case 1:
← the x-term is missing, or b = 0
Solve for x 2 and use the Square Root Property to solve for x.
4 x 2 + 45 = 0

 x 2 = −45

4


−45
 x= &plusmn; 4


3 5i
=&plusmn;


2
Example:
Case 2: ax 2 + bx = 0
← solve for x 2
← Square Root Property
← simplify
← the constant term is missing, or c = 0
Factor out the GCF, which will include an x, and you are done factoring.
Use the Zero Product Rule to set each factor to zero and solve for x.
 2 x2 = 6 x

2
 2x − 6x = 0

 2 x( x − 3) = 0
2 x = 0 or x − 3 = 0

x=3
 x = 0 or
Example:
← standard form
← factor
← Zero Product Rule
The Usual Case
Case 3: ax 2 + bx + c = 0
← no missing terms
If possible, use Factoring / Zero Product Rule to solve for x.