Why Must We Complete the Square?: Algebra

Completing the Square: So many steps, such little time.  It sounds like it involves a square or maybe this is a geometry problem?  Why am I doing this again?  Why must we complete the square in the first place?

These are all the thoughts that cross our minds when first learning how to complete the square.  Well, I’m here to tell you there is a reason for all those steps and they aren’t that bad if you really break them down, let’s take a look!

Complete the square

Answer: x={-7,3}

Explanation:

I’m not going to lie to you here, there are a lot of seemingly meaningless steps to completing the square.  The truth is though (as shocking as it may be), is that they are not meaningless, they do form a pattern, and that there is a reason! Before we dive into why let’s look at how to solve this step by step:

Complete the square

Feeling accomplished yet!? Confused?  All normal feelings.  There are many steps to this process so go back and review, practice, and pay close attention to where things get fuzzy.

But the big question is why are we doing these steps in the first place?  Why does this work out, to begin with?

For those of you who are curious, continue to read below!

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Recursive Formula: Algebra

Howdy math peeps! In this post, we are going to go over the recursive formula step by step by reviewing a Regent’s question. Yes, it is the recursive formula jam, well at least it’s my kind of jam.  These things may look weird, confusing, and like a “what am I doing?” moment, but trust me they are no so bad!

How do I answer this question?

At first glance, all of these answer choices may look exactly the same. The first thing I would want to do with this question is to identify how all of theses answer choices are different. Take a look below:

What is the Recursive Formula?

A Recursive Formula is a formula that forms a sequence based on the previous term value. All this means is that it uses a formula to form a sequence-based pattern.

Let’s go through each choice to identify the answer:

Our goal is to test out each choice given, until we get the desired sequence:

What is the recursive formula
What is the recursive formula
What is the recursive formula

Still have questions about recursive formulas? Check out more on recursive formulas here!

Still got questions? No problem! Check out the video above for more or try the NYS Regents question below, and please don’t hesitate to comment with any questions. Happy calculating! 🙂

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