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9-44.

Find the x-intercept of the graph $y = 5x^{2} + 7x − 6$ using two different methods. The answers from each method should match.

To find the x-intercepts, make y = 0.

Method 1:

Draw a generic rectangle and diamond.

Labels added to generic rectangle, interior top right, negative 6, interior bottom left, 5 x squared. Labels added to diamond, top, negative 30 x squared, bottom, 7 x. Set y = 0.

0 = 5x² + 7x − 6

The missing numbers in the square should equal 7x.

Labels added to generic rectangle, interior top left, 10 x, interior bottom right, negative 3 x,  Labels added to diamond, left, 10 x, right, negative 3 x.

0 = (x + 2)(5x − 3)

Labels added to generic rectangle, left edge top, 2, left edge bottom, x, bottom edge left, 5 x, bottom edge right, negative 3.

x + 2 = 0 or 5x − 3 = 0

x = −2

$x=\frac{3}{5}$    Method 2:

Substitute the a, b, and c values of the expression into the quadratic formula.

Finish the rest yourself and show that both methods give the same answer.

$x= \frac{-b±\sqrt{b^2 - 4ac}}{2a}$

$x= \frac{-7±\sqrt{7^2 - 4(5)(-6)}}{(2)(5)}$

$x= \frac{-7±\sqrt{49 + 120}}{10}$