Root of an Equation
Pronunciation: /rut ʌv ə ˌpɒl.əˈnoʊ.mi.əl/ Explain
A root of an equation is a number that, when
substituted
into the
equation,
makes the value of the equation zero. Root of equations are used to find
where the equation crosses the
x-axis.
Example: 2
is a root of x^{2} – x – 2
since 2^{2} – 2 – 2 = 4 – 2 – 2 = 0. For
more information see
Roots of a Polynomial.
References
- McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, root. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 157. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
- Fine, Henry B., Ph. D.. Number-System of Algebra Treated Theoretically and Historically. 2nd edition. pp 32-34. www.archive.org. D. C. Heath & Co., Boston, U.S.A.. 1907. Last Accessed 12/4/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/thenumbersystemo17920gut/17920-pdf#page/n41/mode/1up/search/root. Buy the book
Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Root of an Equation. 5/2/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. https://www.allmathwords.org/en/r/rootofanequation.html.
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