completing the square


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completing the square

[kəm′plēd·iŋthə ′skwer]
(mathematics)
A method of solving quadratic equations, consisting of moving all terms to the left side of the equation, dividing through by the coefficient of the square term, and adding to both sides a number sufficient to make the left side a perfect square.
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The municipality, which has been under constant fire over delays in completing the square, was forced to issue a statement after fresh criticism over the installation of tactile paving on Costakis Pantelides Street, which links the square with the bus terminal.
Completing the square in the right-hand side, the inequality becomes
The examples and exercises allow students to practice such operation as factoring, expanding a power of a binomial, completing the square, synthetic and long division, rationalization, and solving inequalities and equations in situations similar to those they will encounter in calculus.
Rogers' Creole cottage and its dependency border the courtyard on two sides, with masonry walls completing the square.
Completing the square is the Thinktank Museum - widely expected to be renamed Birmingham Science Museum next year.
As a result, many skills covered in a traditional college algebra course like rationalizing the denominator of functions or solving quadratic equations by completing the square are not covered in the course.
And completing the square of the main wing of accommodation is a large morning room with door to the terrace, and access to the kitchen and the secondary staircase to the first floor.