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Completing the square is also possible when the coefficient of the term is not . Work your way through this problem to see how.

  1. What number needs to be added to both sides of the equation so that the expression inside the parentheses is a perfect square?
    Hint: is the wrong answer.

    The outside will distribute with whatever is inside the ( )'s.

  2. Finish completing the square and find the vertex of the parabola.