## Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 7th Edition

$x=-1\pm\sqrt{6}$
$x^{2}+2x-5=0$ Since we need to solve this by completing the square, let's take the independent term to the right side of the equation. If we do that, the equation becomes: $x^{2}+2x=5$ We remember, that in order to complete this square, we add $(\dfrac{b}{2})^{2}$ to both sides of the equation. Also remember, that $b$ is always the coefficient of the first degree term. For this equation, $b=2$. $x^{2}+2x+(\dfrac{2}{2})^{2}=5+(\dfrac{2}{2})^{2}$ $x^{2}+2x+1=6$ On the left side of the equation, we are left with a perfect square trinomial. So we factor it and the equation becomes: $(x+1)^{2}=6$ Take the square root of both sides: $\sqrt{(x+1)^{2}}=\sqrt{6}$ $x+1=\pm\sqrt{6}$ Solve for $x$: $x=-1\pm\sqrt{6}$