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    Complete the square on:

    Complete the square on:
    x^2 - 8x
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    x^2 + 4k

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    Quote Originally Posted by icesta1 View Post
    Complete the square on:
    x^2 - 8x
    and
    x^2 + 4k

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    You have to add and subtract the square of half of your coefficient of x.


    So x^2 - 8x = x^2 - 8x + (-4)^2 - (-4)^2

     = \left(x - 4\right)^2 - 16.



    x^2 + 4k is already complete as the coefficient of x is 0.
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