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    x squared

    Hello

    I have something like this :
    u_{n+1}-u_n = 3(u_n^2 -u_n) +1 = 3(u_n - \frac{1}{2})^2 + \frac{1}{4}
    Can someone explain to me how they went from u_{n+1}-u_n = 3(u_n^2 -u_n) +1 TO 3(u_n - \frac{1}{2})^2 + \frac{1}{4}
    Thank you very much
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    Re: x squared

    They completed the square.
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    Re: x squared

    If you mean from 3(u_n^2- u_n)+ 1 to 3(u_n- \frac{1}{2})^2+ \frac{1}{4}, they "completed the square".

    Now you should recall that " (a- b)^2= a^2- 2ab+ b^2". Compare a^2+ 2ab+ b^2 and u_n^2- u_n. To be the same, at least for the first two terms, we would have to have a^2= u_n^2 so that a= u_n and -2ab= -u_n= -a so that b=-\frac{1}{2}. That is, to make [tex]u_n^2- u_n[tex] a "perfect square" we must add b^2= \frac{1}{4}. Or course, to keep the whole thing the same, we must also subtract \frac{1}{4}. So 3(u_n^2- u_n)+ 1= 3(u_n^2- u_n+ \frac{1}{4}- \frac{1}{4})+ 1= 3((u_n- \frac{1}{2})^2- \frac{1}{4})+ 1= 3(u_n- \frac{1}{2})^2- \frac{3}{4}+ 1= 3(u_n- \frac{1}{4})^2+ \frac{1}{4}
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