the_hill1962
Advanced Member
USA
1468 Posts 
Posted  07/13/2013 : 16:58:30

I suppose that is what most people find difficult about algebra. You have to know the "type" of equation you are trying to solve. There are many different types. Hopefully you can solve a linear equation with no problem. Moving on to quadratic equations... You do know about the quadratic formula? Maybe this is where you began wondering about "formulas" for other types of equations......? Well, it gets complicated when trying to use a formula for a cubic equation.... Now, for higher order equations, there are "techniques" you can use. Graphing works well. Have you solved equations by using the graphing techniqe? Of course, you still need to worry about "imaginary" and "complex" solutions. What I am trying to say is that trying to solve all math problems can not be pinned down to just specific formulas. Hopefully someone else here can post a better explanation.


