Completing the Square

An alternate method of solving
quadratic equations is called __completing the square__.
Actually completing the square involves using the
(2) square root property. However, we have a few steps to setting up the
problem before we can use completing the square.

_{} … first isolate both terms containing the
variable onto one side of the equation

_{ } … next take _{}of the middle term _{}

now square this number and add to both sides

_{} … the right-hand side will factor
into the square of a binomial

_{} … now use the
(2) square root property
and solve

_{}

_{}

_{}and _{
}