Steps to Completing the Square
To solve a quadratic equation in the form of ax+ bx + c = 0, provided that a0, you need to follow these steps carefully.
First: If a1, 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 =.