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Completing the Square

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Completing the Square

Completing the Square
Coefficient of x2 = 1
Examples:
Express the following in the form (x+a)2 + b
x2 + 8x - 1
x2 - 10x + 3
x2 + 3x - 2
x2 + 12x - 5
x2 - 5x + 1



Completing the Square
Coefficient of x2 > 1
Examples:
Express the following in the form (x+a)2 + b
3x2 - 12x + 5
2x2 - x - 1
2x2 + 12x - 3
5x2 + 3x - 2
Completing the Square
Coefficient of x2 < 1
Examples:
Express the following in the form (x+a)2 + b
5 - 8x - x2
5 + 12x - 2x2
4 + 10x - x2
1 - 3x - 5x2


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