qua·​drat·​ic | \ kwä-ˈdra-tik How to pronounce quadratic (audio) \

Definition of quadratic

: involving terms of the second degree at most quadratic function quadratic equations

Other Words from quadratic

quadratic noun
quadratically \ kwä-​ˈdra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce quadratic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of quadratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Po-Shen Loh, a mathematician at Carnegie Mellon University who published a new way to solve quadratic equations in 2019. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 For example, when n = 2, this gives us the quadratic polynomial x2 – 1. Quanta Magazine, 23 Sep. 2021 This is just one example of what’s called a quadratic polynomial, in which the variable is raised to the second power. Quanta Magazine, 22 Feb. 2021 Many aspects of modern finance, such as complex securities pricing, portfolio optimization and forecasting, rely on algorithms that are susceptible to potential quadratic or exponential speedup using quantum computers. Paul Lipman, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Increasingly, his four teenagers’ work on quadratic equations and imaginary zeros has felt like an exercise in futility. Yoree Koh, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2020 This would be an example of quadratic resource value assessment, in which resources are valued most highly at a certain peak level. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Oct. 2020 Philanthropists are also experimenting with quadratic funding. Puja Ohlhaver, Wired, 1 Sep. 2020 Tom Edgar and Yajun An noted that there have been 246 proofs of a statement known as the quadratic reciprocity law following Gauss’ original proof in 1796. Quanta Magazine, 22 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of quadratic

1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Quadratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadratic. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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