Subject: quadratics
Name: Paula
Who is asking: Teacher
Question: A student today asked me why a quadratic, with highest power of degree 2, was called a QUADratic. We're awaiting the answer with baited breath! :) Hi Paula
The terminology bothers lots of people -- I often get it mixed up with QUARTIC,
which is a fourth degree equation. The name quadratic goes back to the time
(before Descartes liberated algebra) when an algebraic expression referred to a
geometric object: a second degree expression stood for an area. (Hence the
terminology "square" for the second power: x To return to the previous page use your browser's back button. |