On this page you will find some material about Lesson 7. Read through the material below, watch the videos, and follow up with your instructor if you have questions.
Lesson 7: Square Root Property and
Completing the Square
- Use the square root property.
- Solve quadratic equations by completing the square.
Topic. This lesson covers Section 7.1: Square Root Property and Completing the Square.
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Video Lesson 7 (based on Lesson 7 Notes)
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A Quick Intro to the Square Root Property and Completing the Square
Key Words. Square Root Property, solving a quadratic equation, completing the square
In the Warmup Question 2, we saw that the solutions to are and . We can think of these solutions as being .
Square Root Property: If then .
Solving a quadratic equation: The Square Root Property allows us to solve a quadratic equation as long as there is a square on one side and a number on the side.
The square does not have to be . It could be , for example. This will be the case when the equation involves a term with like in
In this example, the term prevents us from isolating on one side so that a number is left on the other side. By adding a specific number to , we can make it a square. This process is called completing the square. Let’s find out which number we need to add. In the Warmup Question 4 we saw that
Let’s compare the coefficients of in and :
If we set them to be the same, we get
So . The missing term is . Let’s return to the original equation:
We add 25 to both sides:
The left side now looks like which is . So
By the Square Root Property,
The solution set is .
Many times the mini-lesson will not be enough for you to start working on the problems. You need to see someone explaining the material to you. In the video you will find a variety of examples, solved step-by-step – starting from a simple one to a more complex one. Feel free to play them as many times as you need. Pause, rewind, replay, stop… follow your pace!
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In this video you will see the following equations:
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