dear,

anybody knws how is the easiest way to completing square? or a more simple way?

ex : x^2 - 4x - 5 = 0

thank you

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- Oct 16th 2009, 01:10 AMjaneyandtazcompleting square
dear,

anybody knws how is the easiest way to completing square? or a more simple way?

ex : x^2 - 4x - 5 = 0

thank you - Oct 16th 2009, 01:28 AMDeadstar
Note that if you expand you get . Now look at the 'a' value in the 2ax term. That is your 'a' value in the expression.

So if you have a equation such as ... This can be re-written as and hence 3 is your 'a' value. So in this example completing the square would be...

since expanding gives so you need to take away a 3 from it to match your original equation.

Basically to generalize... If you have an equation of the form where n and m are some numbers, you should divide n by 2 to get the 'a' value in the equation .

So lets do your example...

Your n value is -4. Divide this by 2 to get -2. This is your 'a' value. Put this into the equation to get... .

Now expand this... . Since this is different from you original equation you need to subtract 9 to turn the +4 into a -9...

So your answer is! . - Oct 16th 2009, 02:11 AMGrandadCompleting the Square
Hello janeyandtazCompleting the square is a bit tricky to explain, but you may find you can follow the technique I've described here, where I've broken it down to 6 steps in my answer to Question 1. (You'll see that I've given an example where the coefficient of is not equal to .)

Grandad