Completing the square!

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Hello =D I was doing an IB Project for math... and this question popped out.

Describe a method of writing the quadratic expression x2 + bx + c in the form
(x – h) 2 + g


I know how to do them (complete the square) but I don't know how to describe them.

for example, where does h and g pop out?

If you guys could help me... it would mean so much to me =D

thanx!!
 

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Dr Transport
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look at [tex] x^{2} + bx +(b/2)^{2} - (b/2)^{2} + c = (x+b/2)^{2} +c - (b/2)^{2} [/tex] which completes the square.....
 
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enigmatatki said:
Hello =D I was doing an IB Project for math... and this question popped out.

Describe a method of writing the quadratic expression x2 + bx + c in the form
(x – h) 2 + g


I know how to do them (complete the square) but I don't know how to describe them.

for example, where does h and g pop out?

If you guys could help me... it would mean so much to me =D

thanx!!
You might be interested in the geometric interpretation - completing the square really IS completing the square!

(I had to do some serious editing and compression to get it to fit - hope it works!)
 

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