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## Please Ask My Dear Aunt SallyDear Aunt Sally,Why is a second degree equation called a “Quadratic Equation” and a fourth degree equation is called a “Quartic Equation”? Doesn’t “Quad” generally mean four? Signed, Poly Nomial
“Quadratus” is Latin for "square" and the highest degree term in a second degree equation (in one variable) is to the second power (or squared). Signed, Your Dear Aunt Sally Go Back |