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BJP3 Self-Check 4.28: quadraticPreconditions

Author: Marty Stepp (on 2013/09/02)

Exercise 3.8 asked you to write a method called quadratic that solves quadratic equations and prints their roots. Recall that a quadratic equation is a polynomial equation in terms of a variable x of the form a x2 + b x + c = 0. The formula for solving a quadratic equation is:

quadratic equation

Here are some example equations and their roots:

equation x2 - 7x + 12 x2 + 3x + 2
call quadratic(1, -7, 12); quadratic(1, 3, 2);
First root = 4.0
Second root = 3.0
First root = -1.0
Second root = -2.0

But for some values of a, b, and c, the formula does not find any valid roots. Under what conditions would this formula fail? Modify the quadratic method so that it will reject invalid values of a, b, or c by throwing an IllegalArgumentException. (You may want to go back and complete the exercise in the previous chapter first.)

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This is a method problem. Write a Java method as described. Do not write a complete program or class; just the method(s) above.

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