To be able to rewrite an expression to include a perfect square trinomial, it is first necessary to be able to recognize them. This can be achieved by expanding the square of a general binomial. The factoring is then done in the opposite direction. There are two kinds of perfect square trinomials, leading to different signs between the terms in the binomial.
If a trinomial is in the form where and are variables or positive numbers, it is a perfect square trinomial that can be factored as This is shown by expanding the squared binomial.
Thus, the trinomial and the square are equal.
If a trinomial instead is in the form it is also a perfect square trinomial and can be factored as This is shown by expanding the squared binomial.
The trinomial and the square are indeed equal.
The expressions in the table are perfect square trinomials. Complete the expressions to ensure equivalence between corresponding standard forms and factored forms.
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Here the same expressions are written both in standard form and in factored form, but one or more terms are missing in each expression. To identify the missing term(s) the rules for factoring a perfect square trinomial are useful.
To help us identify the terms in the rule in the first example, we can for the expression rewrite as and as
To make the expressions match each other we will fill in where the blanks are.
We can use this reasoning to complete the other perfect square trinomials in the table. Next, we'll consider the second row.
To fill in the second blank we use that must be which gives us that When we study the first blank we can match with What is left is
This we prefer writing as Let's continue with the third row
Here the terms and match each other. Since the terms and must match each other we find that or Let's use this to fill in the blanks in the expression.
By squaring we get that the second row reads We are now going to deal with the last row in the table.
The lines match each other when giving us the first blank and the second blank Let's write them together with the blanks filled in.
We'll summarize our results by adding the found values to the table.
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It is easier to complete the square when the expression is written in the form Therefore, if the coefficient of is not it should be factored out. For the simplicity of the following steps, it will be assumed that For values of other than the same steps should be performed. The only difference is that the new coefficients — instead of and instead of — will be used.
The square can now be completed by adding and subtracting the constant found in Step Note that the value of the original expression will not be changed since the result of adding and subtracting the same value is equal to The first three terms form a perfect square trinomial, which can be factored as the square of a binomial. The other two terms do not contain the variable so their value is constant.
The method of completing the square is often used to solve quadratic equations. To do so, the resulting square of a binomial should be written on one side of the equation, while the constant should be on the opposite side. Then, the solutions are found by taking the square root of each side of the equation.
Consider the quadratic function Complete the square to determine the vertex and zeros of the parabola. Then, use them to draw the graph.