From the quadratic formula, we know that the numbers $latex r_1$ and $latex r_2$ are the roots of the quadratic equation $latex ax^2 + bx +c =0$ where $latex a \neq 0$ if and only if

$latex r_1 + r_2 = -\frac{b}{a}$

and

$latex r_1r_2 = \frac{c}{a}$. Continue reading