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Homework Help: Quadratic in standard form help please

  1. Mar 15, 2007 #1
    Quadratic in standard form help....please

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Write the quadratic function f(x) = x^2 + 3x + 2 in standard form.

    2. Relevant equations

    Standard form equation : f(x) = a(x-h)^2 + k

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Ok, I think I got this one but am wanting to be sure.

    I set it up : (x^2 + 3x + 2.25) + 2

    then get : (x + 1.5)^2 + 2 - 2.25

    then get as answer : f(x) = (x + 1.5)^2 - .25

    Is this what you all get ? :smile:

    I really appreciate any help.
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  3. Mar 15, 2007 #2
    Where did the 2.25 come from?
  4. Mar 15, 2007 #3


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    That looks fine to me. If you want to check in future, expand out the bracket, and simplify. What you get should be equal to the original expression.

    Edit: I didn't read any lines other than the last one! The final answer is correct, however the method doesn't make much sense (I'm glad someone's on the ball, neutrino! :smile: )
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2007
  5. Mar 15, 2007 #4
    Take half of three and multiply it by itself.
  6. Mar 15, 2007 #5
    Thanks cristo ! I am checking it now. It works out :) Thanks for the tip.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2007
  7. Mar 15, 2007 #6
    Okay, but it can't magically appear from nowhere, can it? :wink: You add and subtract that amount, so that the expression x^2+3x+2 +2.25 -2.25 is equivalent to x^2+3x+2.
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