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Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square Worksheets

There are four commonly accepted methods for solving quadratic equations. Factoring them is usually where we start and then we can also apply the square root property. We will often use the quadratic formula to solve them as well. In this section we will explore how to use the complete the square method where we will basically transform the entire equation looks and therefore how it functions. Students can use these worksheets and lesson to learn how to solve quadratic equations by rearranging the equation, in such a way, that the left side of the equation is a perfect square trinomial.

Aligned Standard: HSA-REI.B.4a

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Homework Sheets

I remember saying that this was a great skill when the Common Core first introduced it.

  • Homework 1 - Complete the square and fill in the number that makes the polynomial a perfect-square quadratic.
  • Homework 2 - Find the best method you can use to complete the square.
  • Homework 3 - Perfect square quadratic polynomials follow the standard form of: a^2+ bx + c

Practice Worksheets

I find that students really start the grasp the nature of what a quadratic equation really is with this skill.

  • Practice 1 - Complete the square by writing the value that makes the polynomial a perfect-square quadratic.
  • Practice 2 - What is missing from this picture? Make each value a perfect-square quadratic.
  • Practice 3 - The constant is what we do not have. See what fits best based on what you have learned.

Math Skill Quizzes

I mixed up the way the problem is stated in a number of different ways.

  • Quiz 1 - Factor the following quadratics and cover all the skills that we have learned so far.
  • Quiz 2 - Get this done, the way it can be done. We are dealing with much larger values that will take more time.
  • Quiz 3 - Some factors are simple, others require some thought. This is a fair sample of all the problem types we have covered.

How Do You Complete the Square in Quadratic Equations?

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Completing the square is one of the most basic things you'll learn on an intermediate level in mathematics. This is a technique that we can use to transform a quadratic equation so that the left side is a perfect square trinomial. We can want to apply this technique for many different reasons. In many cases it will be to help us simplify the equation, so that we can work through the math easier. So, whenever you are asked to find the roots, it means that you have been asked to find the value x where the value of y = 0.

Y = 4x2 + 40x + 280, 0 = 4x2 + 40x + 280

The first step needs to be about making the equation simpler so that it is easier to solve. If we divide both sides by 4, we get:

x2 + 10x + 70

Now time to make a perfect square. Here you can create assumptions. We can add and subtract terms as well.

For example:

x2 + 10x + 25 - 25 + 70, 0 = (x + 5)2 + 45

Subtracting 45 on both sides,

- 45 = (x + 5)2 + 45 - 45, √- 45 = (x + 5)2v

There are no roots possible for the above equation as the root is in minus and therefore means no real number will exists for the value of x.

When Do You Use the "Completing the Square" Method?

As we have discussed on our previous topic page there are several different methods you can use to solve quadratics. When do you use the method that we are exploring here? The overall answer is that it depends on what you are trying to grasp about the quadratic. In most cases we use this method to determine the roots of the equation. This is because this method does not have a need to use rational factors. If you are looking for complex roots, this is your go to technique. If the quadratic present itself in proper form or you can easily manipulate it to be in proper form (a2 + 2ab + b2), then it is already square. This method can be used rearrange an equation to make it easier to work with. As you move on to advance quadratics, this method will simply be used to help you rearrange equations to make the math easier to work with. Who doesn't want to work on something that is less complex?

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