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• 10.1 Solve Quadratic Equations Using the Square Root Property
• Introduction
• 1.1 Introduction to Whole Numbers
• 1.2 Use the Language of Algebra
• 1.3 Add and Subtract Integers
• 1.4 Multiply and Divide Integers
• 1.5 Visualize Fractions
• 1.6 Add and Subtract Fractions
• 1.7 Decimals
• 1.8 The Real Numbers
• 1.9 Properties of Real Numbers
• 1.10 Systems of Measurement
• Key Concepts
• Review Exercises
• Practice Test
• 2.1 Solve Equations Using the Subtraction and Addition Properties of Equality
• 2.2 Solve Equations using the Division and Multiplication Properties of Equality
• 2.3 Solve Equations with Variables and Constants on Both Sides
• 2.4 Use a General Strategy to Solve Linear Equations
• 2.5 Solve Equations with Fractions or Decimals
• 2.6 Solve a Formula for a Specific Variable
• 2.7 Solve Linear Inequalities
• 3.1 Use a Problem-Solving Strategy
• 3.2 Solve Percent Applications
• 3.3 Solve Mixture Applications
• 3.4 Solve Geometry Applications: Triangles, Rectangles, and the Pythagorean Theorem
• 3.5 Solve Uniform Motion Applications
• 3.6 Solve Applications with Linear Inequalities
• 4.1 Use the Rectangular Coordinate System
• 4.2 Graph Linear Equations in Two Variables
• 4.3 Graph with Intercepts
• 4.4 Understand Slope of a Line
• 4.5 Use the Slope-Intercept Form of an Equation of a Line
• 4.6 Find the Equation of a Line
• 4.7 Graphs of Linear Inequalities
• 5.1 Solve Systems of Equations by Graphing
• 5.2 Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution
• 5.3 Solve Systems of Equations by Elimination
• 5.4 Solve Applications with Systems of Equations
• 5.5 Solve Mixture Applications with Systems of Equations
• 5.6 Graphing Systems of Linear Inequalities
• 6.1 Add and Subtract Polynomials
• 6.2 Use Multiplication Properties of Exponents
• 6.3 Multiply Polynomials
• 6.4 Special Products
• 6.5 Divide Monomials
• 6.6 Divide Polynomials
• 6.7 Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation
• 7.1 Greatest Common Factor and Factor by Grouping
• 7.2 Factor Trinomials of the Form x2+bx+c
• 7.3 Factor Trinomials of the Form ax2+bx+c
• 7.4 Factor Special Products
• 7.5 General Strategy for Factoring Polynomials
• 8.1 Simplify Rational Expressions
• 8.2 Multiply and Divide Rational Expressions
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• 9.2 Simplify Square Roots
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• 9.6 Solve Equations with Square Roots
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• 10.2 Solve Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
• 10.4 Solve Applications Modeled by Quadratic Equations
• 10.5 Graphing Quadratic Equations in Two Variables

## Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

• Solve quadratic equations of the form a x 2 = k a x 2 = k using the Square Root Property
• Solve quadratic equations of the form a ( x − h ) 2 = k a ( x − h ) 2 = k using the Square Root Property

## Be Prepared 10.1

Before you get started, take this readiness quiz.

Simplify: 75 75 . If you missed this problem, review Example 9.12 .

## Be Prepared 10.2

Simplify: 64 3 64 3 . If you missed this problem, review Example 9.67 .

## Be Prepared 10.3

Factor: 4 x 2 − 12 x + 9 4 x 2 − 12 x + 9 . If you missed this problem, review Example 7.43 .

Quadratic equations are equations of the form a x 2 + b x + c = 0 a x 2 + b x + c = 0 , where a ≠ 0 a ≠ 0 . They differ from linear equations by including a term with the variable raised to the second power. We use different methods to solve quadratic equation s than linear equations, because just adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing terms will not isolate the variable.

We have seen that some quadratic equations can be solved by factoring. In this chapter, we will use three other methods to solve quadratic equations.

## Solve Quadratic Equations of the Form ax 2 = k Using the Square Root Property

We have already solved some quadratic equations by factoring. Let’s review how we used factoring to solve the quadratic equation x 2 = 9 x 2 = 9 .

We can easily use factoring to find the solutions of similar equations, like x 2 = 16 x 2 = 16 and x 2 = 25 x 2 = 25 , because 16 and 25 are perfect squares. But what happens when we have an equation like x 2 = 7 x 2 = 7 ? Since 7 is not a perfect square, we cannot solve the equation by factoring.

These equations are all of the form x 2 = k x 2 = k . We defined the square root of a number in this way:

This leads to the Square Root Property .

## Square Root Property

If x 2 = k x 2 = k , and k ≥ 0 k ≥ 0 , then x = k or x = − k x = k or x = − k .

Notice that the Square Root Property gives two solutions to an equation of the form x 2 = k x 2 = k : the principal square root of k k and its opposite. We could also write the solution as x = ± k x = ± k .

Now, we will solve the equation x 2 = 9 x 2 = 9 again, this time using the Square Root Property.

What happens when the constant is not a perfect square? Let’s use the Square Root Property to solve the equation x 2 = 7 x 2 = 7 .

## Example 10.1

Solve: x 2 = 169 x 2 = 169 .

Use the Square Root Property. Simplify the radical. x 2 = 169 x = ± 169 x = ± 13 Rewrite to show two solutions. x = 13 , x = −13 Use the Square Root Property. Simplify the radical. x 2 = 169 x = ± 169 x = ± 13 Rewrite to show two solutions. x = 13 , x = −13

## Try It 10.1

Solve: x 2 = 81 x 2 = 81 .

## Try It 10.2

Solve: y 2 = 121 y 2 = 121 .

## Example 10.2

How to solve a quadratic equation of the form a x 2 = k a x 2 = k using the square root property.

Solve: x 2 − 48 = 0 x 2 − 48 = 0 . ## Try It 10.3

Solve: x 2 − 50 = 0 x 2 − 50 = 0 .

## Try It 10.4

Solve: y 2 − 27 = 0 y 2 − 27 = 0 .

## Solve a quadratic equation using the Square Root Property.

• Step 1. Isolate the quadratic term and make its coefficient one.
• Step 2. Use Square Root Property.
• Step 3. Simplify the radical.
• Step 4. Check the solutions.

To use the Square Root Property, the coefficient of the variable term must equal 1. In the next example, we must divide both sides of the equation by 5 before using the Square Root Property.

## Example 10.3

Solve: 5 m 2 = 80 5 m 2 = 80 .

## Try It 10.5

Solve: 2 x 2 = 98 2 x 2 = 98 .

## Try It 10.6

Solve: 3 z 2 = 108 3 z 2 = 108 .

The Square Root Property started by stating, ‘If x 2 = k x 2 = k , and k ≥ 0 k ≥ 0 ’. What will happen if k < 0 k < 0 ? This will be the case in the next example.

## Example 10.4

Solve: q 2 + 24 = 0 q 2 + 24 = 0 .

## Try It 10.7

Solve: c 2 + 12 = 0 c 2 + 12 = 0 .

## Try It 10.8

Solve: d 2 + 81 = 0 d 2 + 81 = 0 .

Remember, we first isolate the quadratic term and then make the coefficient equal to one.

## Example 10.5

Solve: 2 3 u 2 + 5 = 17 2 3 u 2 + 5 = 17 .

## Try It 10.9

Solve: 1 2 x 2 + 4 = 24 1 2 x 2 + 4 = 24 .

## Try It 10.10

Solve: 3 4 y 2 − 3 = 18 3 4 y 2 − 3 = 18 .

The solutions to some equations may have fractions inside the radicals. When this happens, we must rationalize the denominator.

## Example 10.6

Solve: 2 c 2 − 4 = 45 2 c 2 − 4 = 45 .

## Try It 10.11

Solve: 5 r 2 − 2 = 34 5 r 2 − 2 = 34 .

## Try It 10.12

Solve: 3 t 2 + 6 = 70 3 t 2 + 6 = 70 .

## Solve Quadratic Equations of the Form a ( x − h ) 2 = k Using the Square Root Property

We can use the Square Root Property to solve an equation like ( x − 3 ) 2 = 16 ( x − 3 ) 2 = 16 , too. We will treat the whole binomial, ( x − 3 ) ( x − 3 ) , as the quadratic term.

## Example 10.7

Solve: ( x − 3 ) 2 = 16 ( x − 3 ) 2 = 16 .

## Try It 10.13

Solve: ( q + 5 ) 2 = 1 ( q + 5 ) 2 = 1 .

## Try It 10.14

Solve: ( r − 3 ) 2 = 25 ( r − 3 ) 2 = 25 .

## Example 10.8

Solve: ( y − 7 ) 2 = 12 ( y − 7 ) 2 = 12 .

## Try It 10.15

Solve: ( a − 3 ) 2 = 18 ( a − 3 ) 2 = 18 .

## Try It 10.16

Solve: ( b + 2 ) 2 = 40 ( b + 2 ) 2 = 40 .

Remember, when we take the square root of a fraction, we can take the square root of the numerator and denominator separately.

## Example 10.9

Solve: ( x − 1 2 ) 2 = 5 4 . ( x − 1 2 ) 2 = 5 4 .

## Try It 10.17

Solve: ( x − 1 3 ) 2 = 5 9 . ( x − 1 3 ) 2 = 5 9 . ## Try It 10.18

Solve: ( y − 3 4 ) 2 = 7 16 . ( y − 3 4 ) 2 = 7 16 .

We will start the solution to the next example by isolating the binomial.

## Example 10.10

Solve: ( x − 2 ) 2 + 3 = 30 ( x − 2 ) 2 + 3 = 30 .

## Try It 10.19

Solve: ( a − 5 ) 2 + 4 = 24 ( a − 5 ) 2 + 4 = 24 .

## Try It 10.20

Solve: ( b − 3 ) 2 − 8 = 24 ( b − 3 ) 2 − 8 = 24 .

## Example 10.11

Solve: ( 3 v − 7 ) 2 = −12 ( 3 v − 7 ) 2 = −12 .

## Try It 10.21

Solve: ( 3 r + 4 ) 2 = −8 ( 3 r + 4 ) 2 = −8 .

## Try It 10.22

Solve: ( 2 t − 8 ) 2 = −10 ( 2 t − 8 ) 2 = −10 .

The left sides of the equations in the next two examples do not seem to be of the form a ( x − h ) 2 a ( x − h ) 2 . But they are perfect square trinomials, so we will factor to put them in the form we need.

## Example 10.12

Solve: p 2 − 10 p + 25 = 18 p 2 − 10 p + 25 = 18 .

The left side of the equation is a perfect square trinomial. We will factor it first.

## Try It 10.23

Solve: x 2 − 6 x + 9 = 12 x 2 − 6 x + 9 = 12 .

## Try It 10.24

Solve: y 2 + 12 y + 36 = 32 y 2 + 12 y + 36 = 32 .

## Example 10.13

Solve: 4 n 2 + 4 n + 1 = 16 4 n 2 + 4 n + 1 = 16 .

Again, we notice the left side of the equation is a perfect square trinomial. We will factor it first.

## Try It 10.25

Solve: 9 m 2 − 12 m + 4 = 25 9 m 2 − 12 m + 4 = 25 .

## Try It 10.26

Solve: 16 n 2 + 40 n + 25 = 4 16 n 2 + 40 n + 25 = 4 .

Access these online resources for additional instruction and practice with solving quadratic equations:

• Solving Quadratic Equations: Solving by Taking Square Roots
• Using Square Roots to Solve Quadratic Equations
• Solving Quadratic Equations: The Square Root Method

## Section 10.1 Exercises

Practice makes perfect.

Solve Quadratic Equations of the form a x 2 = k a x 2 = k Using the Square Root Property

In the following exercises, solve the following quadratic equations.

a 2 = 49 a 2 = 49

b 2 = 144 b 2 = 144

r 2 − 24 = 0 r 2 − 24 = 0

t 2 − 75 = 0 t 2 − 75 = 0

u 2 − 300 = 0 u 2 − 300 = 0

v 2 − 80 = 0 v 2 − 80 = 0

4 m 2 = 36 4 m 2 = 36

3 n 2 = 48 3 n 2 = 48

x 2 + 20 = 0 x 2 + 20 = 0

y 2 + 64 = 0 y 2 + 64 = 0

2 5 a 2 + 3 = 11 2 5 a 2 + 3 = 11

3 2 b 2 − 7 = 41 3 2 b 2 − 7 = 41

7 p 2 + 10 = 26 7 p 2 + 10 = 26

2 q 2 + 5 = 30 2 q 2 + 5 = 30

Solve Quadratic Equations of the Form a ( x − h ) 2 = k a ( x − h ) 2 = k Using the Square Root Property

( x + 2 ) 2 = 9 ( x + 2 ) 2 = 9

( y − 5 ) 2 = 36 ( y − 5 ) 2 = 36

( u − 6 ) 2 = 64 ( u − 6 ) 2 = 64

( v + 10 ) 2 = 121 ( v + 10 ) 2 = 121

( m − 6 ) 2 = 20 ( m − 6 ) 2 = 20

( n + 5 ) 2 = 32 ( n + 5 ) 2 = 32

( r − 1 2 ) 2 = 3 4 ( r − 1 2 ) 2 = 3 4

( t − 5 6 ) 2 = 11 25 ( t − 5 6 ) 2 = 11 25

( a − 7 ) 2 + 5 = 55 ( a − 7 ) 2 + 5 = 55

( b − 1 ) 2 − 9 = 39 ( b − 1 ) 2 − 9 = 39

( 5 c + 1 ) 2 = −27 ( 5 c + 1 ) 2 = −27

( 8 d − 6 ) 2 = −24 ( 8 d − 6 ) 2 = −24

m 2 − 4 m + 4 = 8 m 2 − 4 m + 4 = 8

n 2 + 8 n + 16 = 27 n 2 + 8 n + 16 = 27

25 x 2 − 30 x + 9 = 36 25 x 2 − 30 x + 9 = 36

9 y 2 + 12 y + 4 = 9 9 y 2 + 12 y + 4 = 9

Mixed Practice

In the following exercises, solve using the Square Root Property.

2 r 2 = 32 2 r 2 = 32

4 t 2 = 16 4 t 2 = 16

( a − 4 ) 2 = 28 ( a − 4 ) 2 = 28

( b + 7 ) 2 = 8 ( b + 7 ) 2 = 8

9 w 2 − 24 w + 16 = 1 9 w 2 − 24 w + 16 = 1

4 z 2 + 4 z + 1 = 49 4 z 2 + 4 z + 1 = 49

a 2 − 18 = 0 a 2 − 18 = 0

b 2 − 108 = 0 b 2 − 108 = 0

( p − 1 3 ) 2 = 7 9 ( p − 1 3 ) 2 = 7 9

( q − 3 5 ) 2 = 3 4 ( q − 3 5 ) 2 = 3 4

m 2 + 12 = 0 m 2 + 12 = 0

n 2 + 48 = 0 n 2 + 48 = 0

u 2 − 14 u + 49 = 72 u 2 − 14 u + 49 = 72

v 2 + 18 v + 81 = 50 v 2 + 18 v + 81 = 50

( m − 4 ) 2 + 3 = 15 ( m − 4 ) 2 + 3 = 15

( n − 7 ) 2 − 8 = 64 ( n − 7 ) 2 − 8 = 64

( x + 5 ) 2 = 4 ( x + 5 ) 2 = 4

( y − 4 ) 2 = 64 ( y − 4 ) 2 = 64

6 c 2 + 4 = 29 6 c 2 + 4 = 29

2 d 2 − 4 = 77 2 d 2 − 4 = 77

( x − 6 ) 2 + 7 = 3 ( x − 6 ) 2 + 7 = 3

( y − 4 ) 2 + 10 = 9 ( y − 4 ) 2 + 10 = 9

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Kathy is drawing up the blueprints for a house she is designing. She wants to have four square windows of equal size in the living room, with a total area of 64 square feet. Solve the equation 4 s 2 = 64 4 s 2 = 64 to find s s , the length of the sides of the windows.

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9. 10.1 Solve Quadratic Equations Using the Square Root Property

They differ from linear equations by including a term with the variable raised to the second power. We use different methods to solve quadratic

An online Quadratic equation root calculator. This calculator helps you find the roots or zeroes of a quadratic equation using the quadratic formula.

How Does this Work? The solution(s) to a quadratic equation can be calculated using the Quadratic Formula: x = [ -b plus minus square root of (b^2-4ac. The