# Recognizing a perfect square quadratic | Algebra II | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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June 23, 2010
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## TL;DR

This video explains how to solve a quadratic equation by factoring, using a step-by-step approach.

## Key Insights

• 👻 Adding or subtracting a constant term allows us to make a quadratic equation equal to zero, making it easier to solve.
• ❓ Factoring is a useful method to find the solutions of a quadratic equation.
• 😑 Understanding perfect squares can help simplify the factoring process for quadratic expressions.
• 🙃 When both sides of the equation are equal to a constant, factoring becomes more straightforward.
• 😑 Solving for x requires setting each factor of the factored quadratic expression equal to zero and solving for x individually.
• 💯 Being able to recognize patterns and perfect squares can speed up the factoring process.
• 🍧 The importance of having a quadratic equation equal to zero when utilizing factoring for solving.

## Transcript

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### Q: Why is it important to have a quadratic equation equal to zero?

Having a quadratic equation equal to zero allows us to use factoring to solve for x. If the equation is not equal to zero, the factoring method won't be applicable.

### Q: How do we make a quadratic equation equal to zero?

To make the equation equal to zero, we can add or subtract a constant term on both sides of the equation. This step simplifies the factoring process.

### Q: What should we do if the quadratic expression is a perfect square?

If the quadratic expression is a perfect square, we can write it as the square of a binomial. This simplifies the factoring process and makes it easier to solve for x.

### Q: How do we solve for x after factoring the quadratic expression?

After factoring the quadratic expression, we set each factor equal to zero and solve for x individually. This gives us the possible values of x.

## Summary & Key Takeaways

• The video explains the process of solving a quadratic equation by adding a constant term to make it equal to zero.

• By factoring the resulting equation, it is possible to find the value of x.

• The quadratic expression can sometimes be a perfect square, which simplifies the factoring process.