# Online Math Dictionary: Q

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 QuadrantWhen working with the Cartesian plane (also called the rectangular coordinate system), aquadrant is one of the four different regions on the plane.  They are usually labeled with Roman numerals, starting with I and going counter-clockwise in order.  As you can see on the picture on the right, there are four quadrants on the Cartesian plane.  The quadrants are separated by the x and y axes.  Quadratic Equation
A quadratic equation is of the form where ab and c are numbers.
In this example: is really where = 1= -6 and = 4

It's the x squared term that makes the equation quadratic.  Without that, it would just be a linear equation.  It is an equation since is it set equal to 0.

For more info on solving quadratic equations, check out my  lessons onQuadratics Solving Overview.   Here are the full  lessons: Solving Quadratics by FactoringSolving Quadratics by Using the Square RootSolving Quadratics with the Quadratic Formula.

Quadratic Formula
Given a quadratic equation in the form The quadratic formula (which I like to call The Quadranator) gives you the values for x.  Here's the formula: For example, given the quadratic equation which is  really where = 1= -6 and = 4 For more info and examples on the quadratic formula, check out my Quadratic Formula lesson.
To see where the quadratic formula comes from, check out my animated Proof of the Quadratic Formula. Quadratic Polynomial
A quadratic polynomial is of the form The graph of a quadratic polynomial is the parabola.
For more info on quadratic polynomials,  check out my Quadratics lessons. QuadrilateralA quadrilateral is a four sided polygon. For more info and properties of quadrilaterals (squares, rectangles, kites, trapezoids,rhombi and parallelograms), check out my Geometry and Trig Reference Area.  Quotient
In a division problem, the quotient is the answer.   In the problem below, the 2 is the answer. For more info, check out my Division Lessons.

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