hi, i've got the question
by completing the square, solve the following quadratic equation, giving your answer in surd form
my answer was
but the books answer is
could someone please show me a step by step way of coming to this answer
thanks
ps that last bit was supposed to be the square root sign with the 5 to the right of it, then a division bar beneath them and a 2 underneath that, if someone could tell me how to write that properly that would be appreciated too
You were close. You had
[tex]x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt (5) frac(2)[/tex]
and what you want is
[tex]x = 0.5 \pm \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}[/tex]
which looks like
Fractions are written with \frac{N}{D}, where N is the numerator and D is the denominator.
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i'm still not sure i understand, i'll show my method of figuring it out and hopefully someone will tell me where i went wrong with the equation
i started by putting it like this because is -0.25 and then you minus another .75 to get to the original -1 then you turn the equation into then then