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# square complete

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When the expression \(3x^2-24x+55\) is written in the form \(a(x+d)^2+e\), where a,d , and e are constants, then what is the sum a+d+e?

Aug 27, 2018

### Best Answer

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3x2 - 24x + 55

Factor  3  out of the first two terms.

=   3(x2 - 8x) + 55

Add  16  and subtract  16  inside the parenthesees.

=   3(x2 - 8x + 16 - 16) + 55

Factor  x2 - 8x + 16  as a perfect square trinomial.

=   3( (x - 4)2 - 16) + 55

Distribute the  3  to the terms in parenthesees.

=   3(x - 4)2 - 48 + 55

Combine  -48  and  55  to get  7 .

=   3(x - 4)2 + 7

=   a(x + d)2 + e

So...

a + d + e   =   3 + -4 + 7   =   6

Aug 27, 2018

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#1
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Best Answer

3x2 - 24x + 55

Factor  3  out of the first two terms.

=   3(x2 - 8x) + 55

Add  16  and subtract  16  inside the parenthesees.

=   3(x2 - 8x + 16 - 16) + 55

Factor  x2 - 8x + 16  as a perfect square trinomial.

=   3( (x - 4)2 - 16) + 55

Distribute the  3  to the terms in parenthesees.

=   3(x - 4)2 - 48 + 55

Combine  -48  and  55  to get  7 .

=   3(x - 4)2 + 7

=   a(x + d)2 + e

So...

a + d + e   =   3 + -4 + 7   =   6

hectictar Aug 27, 2018
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Correct! That's how you do it!

mathtoo  Aug 27, 2018