How do you solve the equation by completing the square? x² + 4x = 10 x² + 4x = 10
x² + 4x + 4 = 10 + 4 {took half of the b term, squared it, and added to both sides} x² + 4x + 4 = 14 {combined like terms} (x + 2)² = 14 {factored the left side in to squared form} x + 2 = ±√14 {took the square root of each side} x = 2 ± √14 {subtracted 2 from each side} {When I say "half of the b term", I mean half of 4, the coefficient of x. This would be 2, and if you square it and add it to both sides, you are adding 4 to each side.} Now get to work, you have squares to complete!  Algebra House
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