# Solving Quadratic Equations II: Taking Square Roots

A quadratic equation can be solved by taking the square root of both sides of the equation. This method uses the square root property,
$y^2=z \to y=\pm \sqrt{z}$
Before taking the square root, the equation must be arranged with the x2 term isolated on the left- hand side of the equation and its coefficient reduced to 1. There are four steps in solving quadratic equations by this method: