Developing Applications in C++ or rather any language is not difficult at all. All you need is a bit dedication and focus on your project, besides the basic knowledge about your task and the programming language that you are using. In today’s tutorial, I am going to discuss how to develop an application that will solve a quadratic equation for you and for doing this I will use C++. Also, I use Turbo C++ for writing and executing my C++ Codes. If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you might want to read how to run Turbo C++ on your computer. Here is a simple tutorial for that. Also, you might want to use Notepad++ for writing down your code and then executing it on Turbo C++.

**How to Install Turbo C on Windows 7 and Windows 8**-
**Using Notepad++ for enhanced Programming Experience**

So let’s get started with the tutorial. Before we begin, I assume that you are aware with the basics of C++ Programming and the various basic functions in C++ like square, square root and all. Also, I assume that you know how to solve a quadratic equation on paper. Well, I could just give you all the code for the entire application in one go and ask you to simply run it. But, instead I would like to go step by step, explaining as much as I can within each step. Let’s go.

### Quadratic Equation Solver in C++

If you are unaware of how to solve a quadratic equation, I suggest you make yourself aware with the quadratic formula and also how to use it. You can get that information on Wikipedia. Click here to go there.

- Start creating a new C++ (or cpp) file in Turbo C++ or any other program that you might want to use. Include the various header files that we would be required in this small application.
#include<iostream.h> #include<conio.h> #include<math.h>

- Next, create your main function and define the various floating point variables that we will be using. These variables include the co-efficients a,b, and c and the discriminant (d). Also, it has 2 variables that will store the solution. Also, get these values from the user’s keyboard.
void main() { clrscr(); float a,b,c,d,x1,x2; cout<<"\nA quadratic equation is given as: aX^2 + bX + c = 0"; cout<<"\nEnter a,b,c : "; cin>>a>>b>>c; getch(); }

- Now let us calculate the discriminant, and check if it is greater than 0 or not. If it is, we can directly apply the Quadratic formula, but if it is not then we need to multiply the discriminant by (-1) and then solve. Add this code after the “cin” line of the above code.
d=(b*b)-(4*a*c); if(d>=0){ x1=(-b+sqrt(d))/(2*a); x2=(-b-sqrt(d))/(2*a); cout<<"\nThe roots of the quadratic equation are : "<<x1<<" and "<<x2; }else{ d=d*(-1); }

- Now, it is time to calculate the value of x1 and x2 when the discriminant is negative. Add these two lines after the previous code, but still inside the “
*else*“.cout<<"\nThe roots are imaginary!"; cout<<"\nThe roots of the quadratic equation are : " <<(-b/(2*a))<<" + "<<(sqrt(d)/(2*a))<<"i and "<<(-b/(2*a))<<" - "<<(sqrt(d)/(2*a));

- That’s all. We have completed the quadratic equation solver in C++. If you want you can download the complete code and compare it with that or just directly use the downloaded code.

### Download Source Code

Here is a sample output of the application we just built.

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