explain the four steps for solving quadratic equations.
Step 1: Isolate the x^2 and x terms. Use the addition and subtraction and isolate the x^2 and x terms on the left-hand side of the equation. Then, use the multiplication and division axioms to eliminate the coefficient from the x^2 term.
Step 2: Make the coefficient on the x^2 term equal to 1. Use multiplication or division to eliminate the coefficient from the x^2 term.
Step 3: Complete the square. To complete the square, take the coefficient of the x term, square it, and divide it by 4.
Step 4: Solve the equation in step 3 by taking the square root of both sides of the equation.