Lesson 18

The Quadratic Formula and Complex Solutions

Lesson Narrative

In the previous lesson, students completed the square to find real and non-real solutions to quadratic equations. In this lesson, students use the quadratic formula to calculate real and non-real solutions.

Students construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others when they compare solutions of equivalent quadratic equations and resolve any disagreements during a row game (MP3).

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

• Calculate complex solutions using the quadratic formula and represent them in the form $c \pm di$, where $c$ and $d$ are real numbers.
• Explain reasoning and critique the reasoning of others when solving quadratic equations.
• Explain when solutions are non-real when using the quadratic formula.

Student Facing

• Let’s use the quadratic formula to find complex solutions to quadratic equations.

Student Facing

• I can find complex solutions to quadratic equations by using the quadratic formula.

Building On