# Finding values of quadratic equation

• May 6th 2011, 04:24 AM
yorkey
Got a math sum I'm working on thats troubling me.

${x}^{2} + 4x - 8$ can be written in the form ${(x + p)}^{2} + q$

Find the values of $p$ and $q$
• May 6th 2011, 04:27 AM
mr fantastic
Quote:

Originally Posted by yorkey
Got a math sum I'm working on thats troubling me.

${x}^{2} + 4x - 8$ can be written in the form ${(x + p)}^{2} + q$

Find the values of $p$ and $q$

You have two options, both require that you have the necessary knowledge and understanding.

Option 1: Complete the square for x^2 + 4x - 8 and compare with (x + p)^2 + q.

Option 2: Expand (x + p)^2 + q and equate the coefficients of the various powers of x with the corresponding coefficients in x^2 + 4x - 8.
• May 6th 2011, 04:41 AM
yorkey
Ok great! Thanks

p = 2
q = -8

Does that work?
• May 6th 2011, 04:59 AM
DrSteve
${(x + 2)}^{2} - 8= x^2+2x+2x+4-8= x^2+4x-4$.

So p looks correct, but q does not. You almost got it though.
• May 6th 2011, 05:07 AM
yorkey
Oh I'm a retard. My reasoning went something like this:

(x + 2)^2 is expanded to x^2 + 4, which it obviously is NOT. So q is -12, right?
• May 6th 2011, 06:19 AM
masters
Quote:

Originally Posted by yorkey
Oh I'm a retard. My reasoning went something like this:

(x + 2)^2 is expanded to x^2 + 4, which it obviously is NOT. So q is -12, right?

Hi yorkey,

Yes, q = -12

Complete the square on $x^2+4x+4$

$(x^2+4x\: {\color{red}+4})-8 \: {\color{red}-4}$

$(x \: {\color{red}+2})^2\: {\color{red}-12}$
• May 6th 2011, 06:28 AM
yorkey
Y'all are legends, thanks.

/this case is closed