#### What is the deal with roots solutions?

The solution of a polynomial equation , f(x) , is the point whose root, r, is the value of x when f(x) = 0. Confusing semantics that are best clarified with a few simple examples.

Equation | Solution | Root |
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f(x) = 3x + 1 | ($$\frac{-1}{3}$$, 0 ) since that is the point at which f(x) is zero | $$\frac{-1}{3}$$ because it is the value of x for which f(x) = 0 |

f(x) = x^{2} +2x − 3 |
(-3, 0) and (1, 0) are the solutions to this equation since -3 and 1 are the values for which f(x) =0
See picture below: |
-3 and 1 are the roots |