Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 3:56pm.
Solve the equation by completing the square.
x^22=9x
My answer: x=9/2+or the sqrt. of 22.25
(but when I checked my answer the actual answer was x=9+or  the sqrt. of 89 and then all over 2)
Please explain why my answer is different from the actual answer.

Algebra 2 ..  Steve, Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 4:49pm
x^2  9x = 2
x^2  9x + (9/2)^2 = 2 + (9/2)^2
(x  9/2)^2 = 89/4
x = 9/2 ± √(89/4)
x = 9/2 ± √22.25
but you could also factor out the 1/4 in 89/4 and say
x = 9/2 ± √89/√4
x = 9/2 ± √89/2
x = (9 ± √89)/2
these exercises usually want things as fractions rather than decimals, and the quadratic formula usually expresses the answers as they did.
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