A quadratic equation is an equation of the second degree, meaning it contains at least one term that is squared. The standard form is ax² + bx + c = 0 with a, b, and c being constants, or numerical coefficients, and x is an unknown variable. One absolute rule is that the first constant “a” cannot be a zero.

## Standard Form Equations

Here are examples of quadratic equations in the standard form (ax² + bx + c = 0):

- 6x² + 11x – 35 = 0
- 2x² – 4x – 2 = 0
- -4x² – 7x +12 = 0
- 20x² –15x – 10 = 0
- x² –x – 3 = 0
- 5x² – 2x – 9 = 0
- 3x² + 4x + 2 = 0
- -x² +6x + 18 = 0

Here are examples of quadratic equations lacking the linear coefficient or the “bx”:

- 2x² – 64 = 0
- x² – 16 = 0
- 9x² + 49 = 0
- -2x² – 4 = 0
- 4x² + 81 = 0
- -x² – 9 = 0
- 3x² – 36 = 0
- 6x² + 144 = 0

Here are examples of quadratic equations lacking the constant term or “c”:

- x² – 7x = 0
- 2x² + 8x = 0
- -x² – 9x = 0
- x² + 2x = 0
- -6x² – 3x = 0
- -5x² + x = 0
- -12x² + 13x = 0
- 11x² – 27x = 0

Here are examples of quadratic equation in factored form:

- (x + 2)(x – 3) = 0 [upon computing becomes x² -1x – 6 = 0]
- (x + 1)(x + 6) = 0 [upon computing becomes x² + 7x + 6 = 0]
- (x – 6)(x + 1) = 0 [upon computing becomes x² – 5x – 6 = 0
- –3(x – 4)(2x + 3) = 0 [upon computing becomes -6x² + 15x + 36 = 0]
- (x − 5)(x + 3) = 0 [upon computing becomes x² − 2x − 15 = 0]
- (x – 5)(x + 2) = 0 [upon computing becomes x² – 3x – 10 = 0]
- (x – 4)(x + 2) = 0 [upon computing becomes x² – 2x – 8 = 0]
- (2x+3)(3x – 2) = 0 [upon computing becomes 6x² + 5x – 6]

Here are examples of other forms of quadratic equations:

- x(x – 2) = 4 [upon multiplying and moving the 4 becomes x² – 2x – 4 = 0]
- x(2x + 3) = 12 [upon multiplying and moving the 12 becomes 2x² – 3x – 12 = 0]
- 3x(x + 8) = -2 [upon multiplying and moving the -2 becomes 3x² + 24x + 2 = 0]
- 5x² = 9 – x [moving the 9 and -x to the other side becomes 5x² + x – 9]
- -6x² = -2 + x [moving the -2 and x to the other side becomes -6x² – x + 2]
- x² = 27x -14 [moving the -14 and 27x to the other side becomes x² – 27x + 14]
- x² + 2x = 1 [moving “1” to the other side becomes x² + 2x – 1 = 0]
- 4x² – 7x = 15 [moving 15 to the other side becomes 4x² + 7x – 15 = 0]
- -8x² + 3x = -100 [moving -100 to the other side becomes -8x² + 3x + 100 = 0]
- 25x + 6 = 99 x² [moving 99 x2 to the other side becomes -99 x² + 25x + 6 = 0]

There are many different types of quadratic equations, as these examples show.