Derivation of Formula

Derivation of Sum of Arithmetic Progression

Arithmetic Progression, AP

Arithmetic Progression (also called arithmetic sequence), is a sequence of numbers such that the difference between any two consecutive terms is constant. Each term therefore in an arithmetic progression will increase or decrease at a constant value called the common difference, d.

Examples of arithmetic progression are:

  • 2, 5, 8, 11,... common difference = 3
  • 23, 19, 15, 11,... common difference = -4

Derivation of Pythagorean Theorem

Pythagorean Theorem
In any right triangle, the sum of the square of the two perpendicular sides is equal to the square of the longest side. For a right triangle with legs measures $a$ and $b$ and length of hypotenuse $c$, the theorem can be expressed in the form

$a^2 + b^2 = c^2$


Sum and Product of Roots

The quadratic formula

$x = \dfrac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$


give the roots of a quadratic equation which may be real or imaginary. The ± sign in the radical indicates that

$x_1 = \dfrac{-b + \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$   and   $x_2 = \dfrac{-b - \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$


where x1 and x2 are the roots of the quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0. The sum of roots x1 + x2 and the product of roots x1·x2 are common to problems involving quadratic equation.

Derivation of Quadratic Formula

The roots of a quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0 is given by the quadratic formula

$x = \dfrac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac}}{2a}$


The derivation of this formula can be outlined as follows:

  1.   Divide both sides of the equation ax2 + bx + c = 0 by a.
  2.   Transpose the quantity c/a to the right side of the equation.
  3.   Complete the square by adding b2 / 4a2 to both sides of the equation.
  4.   Factor the left side and combine the right side.
  5.   Extract the square-root of both sides of the equation.
  6.   Solve for x by transporting the quantity b / 2a to the right side of the equation.
  7.   Combine the right side of the equation to get the quadratic formula.

See the derivation below.


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