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# Quadratic Formula and Functions Resources

### Websites

Paul's Online Math Notes: Equations Reducible to Quadratic Form

If you want to work with quadratic-like equations, go ask Paul for help. He knows what's what, where's where, and how to do the voodoo that you need to do.

Purplemath: Complex Numbers Introduction

Imaginary numbers can take some getting used to. You have to unlearn a rule that's been drilled into your head (don't bother looking; the hole has already healed) and the exponents cycle in a way real numbers don't. This page provides some more help in wrapping your head around all these new ideas.

Do you want someone else to explain the quadratic formula and the discriminant to you? What, did we not do a good enough job for you? Oh fine, here you go. We could never stay mad at you.

### Videos

Patrick Just Math Tutorials: Completing the Square

Follow along as Patrick completes the square in real time. It turns out the square was missing a block-shaped piece this whole time, not this L-shaped piece we've been holding onto.

WSHS Math Rap: Do the Quad Solve

There are three main methods for solving the quads—that is, quadratic equations—and this song covers them all. If you need help working on your glutes, you'll need a different rap.

Soccer Ball Parabola Drop

A terrifying video of a soccer ball repeatedly cloning itself in mid-air, using anti-gravity to suspend its progeny in place. They line up to form a series of parabolas, which we must admit is pretty cool-looking.

### Games and Tools

Insert numbers, get a parabola. Pull sliders, change the parabola. See the function, learn the function, love the function.

Quia: Caveman Parabola Game

A caveman is going to be eaten by dinosaurs unless you can correctly answer questions about parabolas. There has to be a reason that this makes sense, but we can't think of it.