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**numquester****Member**- Registered: 2016-12-12
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I came across a video in which the author explains visually how to arrive at the quadratic formula, except he skips some steps.

Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBbtoFMJvFc

I follow it up to this point, where some steps are skipped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBbtoFMJvFc&t=7m45s

In the video, the right side of the equation goes from:

To:

So I think that I can rewrite the first example like this:

But I don't see how the ** a** can be moved to the numerator. Or maybe I'm approaching it all wrong.

By the way, I really like this approach to explaining math. I never understood what 'completeing the square' actually means until I saw this video. It seems right at home with so many of the nice explanations here at Math is Fun.

Side note: I really appreciate the LaTeX integration in the forum. This is nice!

*Last edited by numquester (2017-01-10 16:49:17)*

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi numquester

Think about how you would add two fractions.

This is what you have done:

This isn't correct. You have to put both fractions over a common denominator and then just add the tops:

So in the formula multiply the first fraction top and bottom by 4a

Hopefully you can see how this works now.

Bob

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**numquester****Member**- Registered: 2016-12-12
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Bob, that is a very clear explanation. Thanks for taking the time.

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