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Comment author: handoflixue 20 May 2011 09:18:02PM 2 points [-]

Having recently reverse-engineered the quadratic equation, it involves quite a few steps that would be pretty tricky to capture without a lot of time and patience, a very good intuition for algebra, or a decent guiding hand from past memories. Given how much of the structure I can recall from memory, the latter seems most likely, but it's provably doable without knowing it in the first place, so I won't dismiss that possibility :)

Comment author: Manfred 15 November 2011 06:42:20AM 9 points [-]

It's not too hard if you remember that you can get it from completing the square. Or of course you could use calculus.