Videos and lessons to help High School students learn how to use
the method of completing the square to transform any quadratic
equation in *x* into an equation of the form (*x -
p*)^{2}* = q* that has the same
solutions. Derive the quadratic formula from this form.

- Transform a quadratic equation written in standard form to an
equation in vertex form (
*x - p*)^{2}*= q*by completing the square. - Derive the quadratic formula by completing the square on the standard form of a quadratic equation.
- Complete the square.
- Solve quadratic equations, including complex solutions, using completing the square, quadratic formula, factoring, and by taking the square root.
- Derive the quadratic formula from completing the square.
- Recognize when one method is more efficient than the other.
- Interpret the discriminant.
- Understand the zero product property and use it to solve a factorable quadratic equation

Common Core: HSA-REI.B.4a

Related Topics:

Algebra
Word Problems

Common Core
(Algebra)

Common Core
for Mathematics

Part 1 of Showing how to the complete the square to solve quadratic equations.

Completing the Square 2

Part 2 of Showing how to the complete the square to solve quadratic equations.

Completing the Square 3

Part 3 of Showing how to the complete the square to solve quadratic equations.

Completing the Square 4

Part 4 of Showing how to the complete the square to solve quadratic equations.

Completing the Square 5

Part 5 of Showing how to the complete the square to solve quadratic equations.

This video shows the proof of the quadratic formula by solving ax

Completing the Square & Quadratic Formula 1

Part 1 of completing the square. This video shows how to derive the quadratic formula by completing the square, and has a song to remember the quadratic formula.

Completing the Square & Quadratic Formula 2

One more example of completing the square to solve a quadratic equation, when the coefficient of x-squared is not 1. The problem is also solved using the quadratic formula.

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