Completing the Square

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Determine the area of a square with quadratics. Pupils use the interactive to visualize the process of completing the square. Scholars build a square area model to represent a quadratic expression then determine the amount that needs to be added to make a complete square.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use algebra tiles to complete the square using the same process as the interactive
  • Lead a discussion on whether completing the square works if b is odd
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should be familiar with area models for multiplication
  • Requires a CK-12 account to access, which is free
Pros

  • Uses colors to show the areas in the quadratic expression
  • Provides hints for the problems
Cons

  • None