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7-117.

Make the coefficient of *x*² equal to 1 by factoring out a 4 in the first two terms.

Take half of '3' and square it. You get: (1.5)² = 2.25. The '4' indicates you really added 4(2.25) or 9. So add the 2.25 inside the ( )'s and subtract the equivalent '9' outside the ( )'s on the same side.

Then simplify.

*f*(*x*) = 4(*x*^{2} − 3*x*) + 6

*f*(*x*) = 4(*x*² − 3*x* + 2.25) + 6 −9

*f*(*x*) = 4(*x* − 1.5)^{2} − 3

See part (a).