Posted by **Lee** on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:51am.

Solve the quadratic equation by completing the square.

-3x^2+9x=1

Not sure how to do these, if someone could expplain.

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**Steve**, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:01pm
it's usually easier to have a positive coefficient for x^2, so let's take care of that first:

3x^2 - 9x = -1

x^2 - 3x = -1/3

since (x-a)^2 = x^2 - 2a + a^2, you want to take half of 3 and square it, then add that to both sides:

x^2 - 3x + 9/4 = -1/3 + 9/4

Now you have a perfect square on the left:

(x-3/2)^2 = 23/12

now take square roots:

x - 3/2 = ±√(23/12) = ±√69/6

so,

x = 3/2 ±√69/6

or,

x = (9±√69)/6

Note how that is the solution using the quadratic formula.

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**Lee**, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:35pm
Still confused, but I'll try another one and see if I get it. Thank you.

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