Posted by coried on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 6:03pm.
find the center (h,k) and radius r of the circle with the given equation:
x^2 + y^2 + 6x  8y = 56

Algebra  MathMate, Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 6:29pm
This can be done by completing the square, namely we group the x² with the 6x term and add a constant to make it a complete square. The same goes for y.
x²+6x+ y²8y = 56
(x+3)² 9 + (y4)² 16 = 56
(x+3)² + (y4)² = 56 + 9 + 16 = 81 = 9²
Thus the equation of the circle is
(x+3)² + (y4)² = 9²
meaning that the centre is at (3,4) and the radius is 9.
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