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quadratic




An expression or an equation that contains the variable squared, but not raised to any higher power. For instance a quadratic equation in x contains x2 but not x3. Similarly a quadratic expression, or a quadratic form, contains its variable(s) squared but not raised to any higher power. If there is more than one variable (say, x and y), quadratic can mean that they are multiplied together in pairs (xy) but not in threes (such as x2y). The graph of a quadratic equation is known as a quadratic curve; the curve of the general quadratic equation y = ax2 + bx + c is a parabola.


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