Posted by carolyn on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 9:10pm.
Solve the equation x2 + 8x – 2 = 0 using both
a. The quadratic formula
b. Completing the square
Write a paragraph or two comparing and contrasting the two methods. Explain which method you prefer and why.
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algebra  Reiny, Monday, January 3, 2011 at 9:26pm
formula:
x = (8 ± √72)/2
= (8 ± 6√2)/2 = 4 ± 3√2
completing the square
x^2 + 8x = 2
x^2 + 8x + 16 = 2 + 16
(x+4)^2 = 18
x+4 = ± √18 = ±3√2
x = 4 ± 3√2
notice that completing the square gives you the reduced answer.
(If the equation starts with 1x^2 and the x term is even, I always use completing the square instead of the formula)