# Completing the Square Calculator

## Quick-Start Guide

When you enter an equation into the calculator, the calculator will begin by expanding (simplifying) the problem. Next, it will attempt to solve the equation by using one or more of the following: addition, subtraction, division, factoring, and completing

the square. Use the following rules to enter equations into the calculator.

#### Variables

Any lowercase letter may be used as a variable.

#### Exponents

Exponents are supported on variables using the ^ (caret) symbol. For example, to express x^{2}, enter x^2. Note: exponents must be positive integers, no negatives, decimals, or variables. Exponents may not be placed on numbers, brackets, or

parentheses.

#### Parentheses and Brackets

Parentheses ( ) and brackets [ ] may be used to group terms as in a standard equation or expression.

#### Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction

For addition and subtraction, use the standard + and – symbols respectively. For multiplication, use the * symbol. A * symbol is not necessary when multiplying a number by a variable. For instance: 2 * x can also be entered as 2x. Similarly, 2 * (x

+ 5) can also be entered as 2(x + 5); 2x * (5) can be entered as 2x(5). The * is also optional when multiplying parentheses, example: (x + 1)(x – 1).

#### Order of Operations

The calculator follows the standard order of operations taught by most algebra books – Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, Addition and Subtraction. The only exception is that division is not supported; attempts to use the / symbol

will result in an error.

#### Division, Square Root, Radicals, Fractions

The above features are not supported.

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