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 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.