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2.2.5 Further Solving Quadratic Equations (Hidden Quadratics)

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Further Solving Quadratic Equations (Hidden Quadratics)

What are hidden quadratic equations?

  • Hidden quadratic equations are quadratics written in terms of a function f left parenthesis x right parenthesis
  • A normal quadratic appears in the form a x squared plus b x plus c equals 0
  • Whereas a hidden quadratic appears in the form a open square brackets f left parenthesis x right parenthesis close square brackets squared plus b open square brackets f left parenthesis x right parenthesis close square brackets plus c equals 0
  • This might look complicated but it simply means x has been replaced by f left parenthesis x right parenthesis
  • e.g. sin squared space x plus 2 sin space x minus 3 equals 0 is just the hidden quadratic of x squared plus 2 x minus 3 equals 0 where f left parenthesis x right parenthesis space equals space sin space x

How to solve hidden quadratic equations

  • First rearrange the function into the form a open square brackets f left parenthesis x right parenthesis close square brackets squared plus b open square brackets f left parenthesis x right parenthesis close square brackets plus c equals 0
  • Replacing the function and solving the 'normal' quadratic first
  • Then substitute the function back into the solutions to solve the original quadraticFurther Solving of Quadratic Equations Notes Diagram 2, A Level & AS Level Pure Maths Revision Notes

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