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

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Other Words from quadratic

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

Examples of quadratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside of classroom-ready examples, the quadratic method isn't simple. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mathematician Finds Easier Way to Solve Quadratic Equations," 6 Dec. 2019 Reciprocity laws are generalizations of the 200-year-old quadratic reciprocity law, a cornerstone of number theory and one of Scholze’s personal favorite theorems. Quanta Magazine, "The Oracle of Arithmetic," 28 June 2016 Here is a plot of his position as a function of time along with a quadratic fit. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of the Millennium Falcon's Jump to Hyperspace," 4 June 2019 One neat way to fix this problem, suggests Numberphile, is to redesign speedometers to show the quadratic increase in energy that results from linear increases in speed. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Math Shows Why Speeding Is So Dangerous," 17 Jan. 2018 In math class, McNatt quickly worked through quadratic equations on her laptop. Maria Danilova, The Seattle Times, "Learning software in classrooms earns praise, causes debate," 28 Aug. 2017 In math class, McNatt quickly worked through quadratic equations on her laptop. Maria Danilova, Detroit Free Press, "Can computers enhance the work of teachers?," 28 Aug. 2017 In math class, McNatt quickly worked through quadratic equations on her laptop. Washington Post, "Can computers enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on," 28 Aug. 2017 Current admissions requirements call for only three years of math, but CSU faculty and leaders want to make sure new students keep their skills and avoid forgetting about quadratic equations and the like before attending college. Camille Hovsepian, The Mercury News, "Cal State University leaders eye requiring four years of high school math for admission," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of quadratic

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quadratic was in 1668

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24 Dec 2019

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“Quadratic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadratically. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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