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**futureprof** Hi everyone

I am new here looking for a bit of help. Hopefully in the future I will be able to offer others some help.

I have been brushing up on my maths skills as I am starting a Home study maths degree. I have come accross the following question, and although I have trawled through many books, I can get nowhere with it.

X^2-aX+144=(x-b)^2

Find a and b.

Looks like something to do with a quadratic to me but I am totally stuck on how to get to the answer.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

James