Mammoth Memory

Completing the square - example 3

Complete the square   `2x^2-7x+6=0`

Quick sketch


The coefficient (or number) in front of the `x^2` must be a one.

So divide both sides by 2




Complete the square and split the square into quarters using x square


Fill the square in with the next term

Is the same as

This table is the same as the one above

Fill in the table

Fill in the table multiplying the y axis by the x axis

Is the same as

This table will mean the same thing as the one above


This is the same as `(x-7/4)^2`


If you add up each area we get:






Originally we had   `x^2-7/2x+3=0`

We now have         `x^2-7/2x+3\1/16=0`


Always plot this on a number line

Use the number line to work out the difference between the original number and the new number

The number line will help you remember

Original `-`   New number

`3-3\1/16=-1/16`    (We need to `-1/16`  )


So                         `x^2-7/2x+3=0`

Is the same as





(Don't forget the root of anything can be + or -)



`x=7/4+1/4`   or  `x=7/4-1/4`

`x=8/4`   or  `6/4`

`x=2`   or  `1\1/2`


Now check


If `x=2`              `2times2^2-7times2+6=0`



If `x=1\1/2`         `2times(3/2)^2-7times(3/2)+6=0`




`4\1/2-10\1/2+6=0`   Which is correct


The roots of `2x^2-7x+6=0`   are  `x=2`  or  `x=1\1/2`