Steps to Completing the Square

To solve a quadratic equation in the form of axblank squared+ bx + c = 0, provided that anot equal to0, you need to follow these steps carefully.

First:  If anot equal to1, divide all terms by a.

Second:  Write the equation such that the variable terms are on the left side, and the constant term is on the right side.

Third:  Divide the coefficient of x by 2 and square it.

Fourth:  Add the square value to both the left and right side of the equation.

Fifth:  Write the left side of the equation as a perfect square binomial.

Finally:  Use the square root property and then shift everything to the right side of the equation opposite x =.

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