How to calculator plus/minus quadratic?
The symbol $\pm$ ("$+$ or $$") means that either $+$ or $$ will produce a solution  so use each, getting a different number each time, and you will get two answers.
For example: say I've solved an equation and gotten $x = 2 \pm 7$. Then $2  7 = 5$ and $2 + 7 = 9$ are both solutions to my equation. What that means is that if I've only been asked for "a" solution, I can give either $5$ or $9$ as my answer  both are correct. But if I've been asked for "the" solution or "all" solutions, then the correct answer is "$x = 5$ or $x = 9$".
Your particular example looks like $\frac{6 \pm \sqrt{36  4 \cdot 4.0 \cdot \pm 7.04}}{14.2}$. If that's correct, then there are two $\pm$'s to deal with, and these can be evaluated independently. For example, if I were looking at $1 \pm 2 \pm 3$, then there would be four possible solutions: $1 + 2 + 3$, $1 + 2  3$, $1  2 + 3$, and $1  2  3$.
Word of warning: I said "if that's correct" because it doesn't look like it is. You referenced the quadratic formula, but if that's the only place $\pm$'s are coming from, there shouldn't be two of them. The quadratic formula states that the solutions to the quadratic $ax^2 + bx + c = 0$ are $x = \frac{b\pm\sqrt{b^24ac}}{2a}$; notice that there's only one $\pm$ in that.
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Updated on April 20, 2020Comments

user416503 about 3 years
The book says there should be a quadratic formula, but I don't understand how to solve it.
I have: $\pm 6.0 = \sqrt(\frac{36  4(4.0)( \pm 7.04)}{14.2})$
I don't understand how to input this into a calculator or solve this to get the final answer.

ervx over 6 yearsIt's difficult to decipher what expression you have written there.
