Use the quadratic formula to find the solutions.

Substitute the values <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mi>a</mi><mo>=</mo><mn>4</mn></mstyle></math> , <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mi>b</mi><mo>=</mo><mo>-</mo><mn>17</mn></mstyle></math> , and <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mi>c</mi><mo>=</mo><mo>-</mo><mn>15</mn></mstyle></math> into the quadratic formula and solve for <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mi>x</mi></mstyle></math> .

Simplify the numerator.

Raise <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>17</mn></mstyle></math> to the power of <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>2</mn></mstyle></math> .

Multiply <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>4</mn></mstyle></math> by <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>4</mn></mstyle></math> .

Multiply <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>16</mn></mstyle></math> by <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>15</mn></mstyle></math> .

Add <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>289</mn></mstyle></math> and <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>240</mn></mstyle></math> .

Rewrite <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>529</mn></mstyle></math> as <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><msup><mrow><mn>23</mn></mrow><mrow><mn>2</mn></mrow></msup></mstyle></math> .

Pull terms out from under the radical, assuming positive real numbers.

Multiply <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>2</mn></mstyle></math> by <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>4</mn></mstyle></math> .

The final answer is the combination of both solutions.

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