# Homework Help: Quadratic equation

1. Sep 28, 2010

### thereddevils

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

If one of the roots of the quadratic equation, ax^2+bx+c=0 is m+ni, show that the other root is m-ni.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

How do i actually show this? I mean it's a well known fact and a direct outcome of the quadratic formula. Is this valid?

(x-(m+ni))(x-(m-ni))=0

then x-2m+m^2+n^2=0

2. Sep 28, 2010

### Staff: Mentor

The last equation above is not correct. For one thing, there should be an x2 term.

You are given that m + ni is a root of the equation ax2 + bx + c = 0, so it should be true that a(m + ni)2 + b(m + ni) + c = 0.

Expand the stuff on the left and you will get a complex number that must be zero.

Now, what do you need to do to show that m - ni is also a solution of the same quadratic equation?

3. Sep 28, 2010

### thereddevils

thanks Mark!

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