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We will do a geometric proof with an example.

What is the solution to the following equation: ?

We move the independent term to the other side: .

is the area of a square with side . is the area of a rectangle with sides and . We can see this square and rectangle in the following figure:

With the rectangle of the figure, we construct two rectangles equals, with sides and , and we move one of these rectangles under of the square of the figure:

Now, we also have a square with area , down in the fiugure, in the right corner. Finally, we obtain with all these figures, one square with side .

When we have added the square with area , we have changed our initial equation, and we have that add to both sides of the equation: . Now, and is a square with side .

In both sides of equation we do the square root:

The solution is impossible in geometric, because it is negative, but it is solution of our equation.

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We are doing the same steps of the previous example, but now we are doing for any equation of second degree: , and we will obtain the solution: .

We have the following figure to solve the equation: :

We want to get a square with side , for this we multiply both sides of our equation per . Now the calculations are easier and we have the equation: .

is the area of the square with side , and is the area of the rectangle with sides and . With this rectangle, we construct two rectangles with sides and as in the following figure:

We add the square with area (it is down in the figure, in the right corner). Now we have a square with side . When we have added this square to the figure, we have changed our initial equation, and we have that add to both sides of the equation: . We multiply both sides of the last equation per 4: , and now the calculations are easier.

is the area of a square with side . Our equation is: .

We do the square root in both sides of the last equation, and we obtain:

We work out the value of in the last two equations, and the solutions of our equation are:

We will represent to with the letter: . We can to have several solutions depending of the different values of:

**1.-** If ∆ > 0, the equation have two real solutionts differents:

**2.-** If ∆ = 0, the equation have a double solution:

**3.-** If ∆ < 0, the equation have not real solutions.