Suppose, in a school students of class IX collect $10.50. Each of them contributing the number of cents, which is 5 more than the number of students in the class. To express the above statement in mathematical language, Let the number of students in class IX be x Each students contributes (x + 5) Cents Total amount collected from the student = x (x + 5) Cents According to the problem, total collection is$ 10.50 or 1050 Cents

Now from the given question we get,

x(x + 5) = 1050

⟹ x$$^{2}$$ + 5x = 1050

⟹ x$$^{2}$$ + 5x - 1050 = 0

Therefore, the equation x$$^{2}$$ + 5x - 1050 = 0 represents the above statement.

The equation x$$^{2}$$ + 5x - 1050 = 0 is formed of only one variable (unknown quantity) x.

Here, the highest power of x is 2 (two).

This type of equation is called Quadratic Equation.

If the highest power of the variable of an equation in one variable is 2, then that equation is called a Quadratic Equation.

Some of the examples of quadratic equations:—

(i) x$$^{2}$$ - 7x + 12 = 0

(ii) 3x$$^{2}$$ – 4x – 4 = 0

(iii) x$$^{2}$$ = 16

(iv) (x + 3)(x - 3) + 5 = 0

(v) 3z - $$\frac{8}{z}$$ = 2

To know the highest power of the variable in an equation, it becomes, sometimes, necessary to simplify the expression involved in the equation.

For example, the highest power of x in the equation $$\frac{x}{4}$$ + $$\frac{7}{x}$$ = $$\frac{3}{5}$$ may appear to be one, but on simplification we get 5x$$^{2}$$ - 12x + 140 = 0.

So, it is a quadratic equation

Again, 4(3x$$^{2}$$ - 7x + 5) = 2(4x$$^{2}$$ - 7x + 4) looks like a quadratic equation, but, it is really a linear equation.

Assuming, x$$^{2}$$ = z the equation x$$^{4}$$ - 3x$$^{2}$$ + 7 = 0 reduces to z$$^{2}$$ - 3z + 7 = 0, which is a quadratic equation.

Hence, the equations involving higher powers can be reduced to a quadratic equation by substitution.

Algebra/Linear Algebra

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