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So far all the completing the square problems I've done do not have a coefficient in front of the highest power. This one has me stuck. :( What should I do to complete the square?

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- Thread starter musicfairy
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So far all the completing the square problems I've done do not have a coefficient in front of the highest power. This one has me stuck. :( What should I do to complete the square?

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Factor the leading coefficient out of all the terms and then complete the square.

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HallsofIvy

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(x-a)^{2}= x^{2}+ 2ax+ a^{2}. After you have factored out that leading 4, what is "a"?

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So would it be something like this?

4(y^{2} − y +1/4) − 3 − 1

4(y− 1/2)^{2} − 4

4(y

4(y− 1/2)

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It would be a lot like that.

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