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complete the square to write each function in the form f(x)=a(x-h)^2+k
f(x)=2x^2-20x-3

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    2 x ^ 2 - 20 x - 3

    2 ( x ^ 2 - 10 x - 3 / 2 )

    2 ( x ^ 2 - 10 x + ? - 3 / 2 ) + ?

    The quantity to add is "the square of: (1/2) times the coefficient of the middle term -10"

    That is:

    [ ( 1 / 2 ) * ( - 10 ) ] ^ 2

    ( - 5 ) ^ 2


    2 ( x ^ 2 - 10 x - 3 / 2 )=

    2 [ x ^ 2 - 10 x + ( - 5 ) ^ 2 - 3 / 2 ) - ( - 5 ) ^ 2 ]

    2 [ x ^ 2 - 10 x + ( - 5 ) ^ 2 ] - 2 * 3 / 2 - 2 * 25


    x ^ 2 - 10 x + ( - 5 ) ^ 2 = ( x - 5 ) ^ 2

    2 * 3 / 2 = 3

    2 * 25 = 50


    2 [ x ^ 2 - 10 x + ( - 5 ) ^ 2 - 3 / 2 ) - ( - 5 ) ^ 2 ] =

    2 ( x - 5 ) ^ 2 - 3 - 50 =

    2 ( x - 5 ) ^ 2 - 53


    2 x ^ 2 - 20 x - 3 = 2 ( x - 5 ) ^ 2 - 53

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