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    Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    x^2-8x+y^2+2y=-14
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    Quote Originally Posted by Eraser147 View Post
    x^2-8x+y^2+2y=-14
    Treat the x terms and the y terms separately. Complete the square on each.
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    It would be (x-4)^2-2+(y+1)^2+13. Which is wrong. Solutions manual says it's supposed to be (x-4)^2-16+(y+1)^2-1
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    Remember that this is an EQUATION.
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    so would it be what i had = 0 or = -14. I am so confused.
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    Start with your initial equation, then whatever you add to complete the square on the x terms and the y terms, add to the other side as well, to keep the equation balanced.
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    Can you show me? I still don't quite follow.
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    You can show me every step you've taken, then I can guide you where you have gone wrong...
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    okay this is what I did, I separated the x and y and completed the square for both x and y terms so I resulted in this (x-4)^2-2+(y+1)^2+13. I took x^2-8x+14 and compeleted the square first and I did the same by adding 14 on the y terms as well.
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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    Hello, Eraser147!

    \text{Complete the square: }\:x^2-8x+y^2+2y\:=\:\text{-}14

    We have: . x^2 - 8x \qquad + y^2 + 2y \qquad \;=\;\text{-}14

    Then:. . . . x^2 - 8x {\color{red}\:+\:16} + y^2 + 2y {\color{green}\:+\:1} \;=\;\text{-}14 {\color{red}\:+\:16} {\color{green}\:+\:1}

    Therefore: . . . . . . (x-4)^2 + (y+1)^2 \;=\;3

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    Re: Can anyone show me how to complete the square on this

    Thanks Soroban, you are the best.
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