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Add 7 to both sides.
a+b=9 ab=2\times 7=14
To solve the equation, factor the left hand side by grouping. First, left hand side needs to be rewritten as 2k^{2}+ak+bk+7. To find a and b, set up a system to be solved.
1,14 2,7
Since ab is positive, a and b have the same sign. Since a+b is positive, a and b are both positive. List all such integer pairs that give product 14.
1+14=15 2+7=9
Calculate the sum for each pair.
a=2 b=7
The solution is the pair that gives sum 9.
Rewrite 2k^{2}+9k+7 as \left(2k^{2}+2k\right)+\left(7k+7\right).
Factor out 2k in the first and 7 in the second group.
Factor out common term k+1 by using distributive property.
k=-1 k=-\frac{7}{2}
To find equation solutions, solve k+1=0 and 2k+7=0.
All equations of the form ax^{2}+bx+c=0 can be solved using the quadratic formula: \frac{-b±\sqrt{b^{2}-4ac}}{2a}. The quadratic formula gives two solutions, one when ± is addition and one when it is subtraction.
Add 7 to both sides of the equation.
Subtracting -7 from itself leaves 0.
Subtract -7 from 0.
k=\frac{-9±\sqrt{9^{2}-4\times 2\times 7}}{2\times 2}
This equation is in standard form: ax^{2}+bx+c=0. Substitute 2 for a, 9 for b, and 7 for c in the quadratic formula, \frac{-b±\sqrt{b^{2}-4ac}}{2a}.
k=\frac{-9±\sqrt{81-4\times 2\times 7}}{2\times 2}
Square 9.
k=\frac{-9±\sqrt{81-8\times 7}}{2\times 2}
Multiply -4 times 2.
k=\frac{-9±\sqrt{81-56}}{2\times 2}
Multiply -8 times 7.
k=\frac{-9±\sqrt{25}}{2\times 2}
Add 81 to -56.
k=\frac{-9±5}{2\times 2}
Take the square root of 25.
Multiply 2 times 2.
Now solve the equation k=\frac{-9±5}{4} when ± is plus. Add -9 to 5.
Divide -4 by 4.
Now solve the equation k=\frac{-9±5}{4} when ± is minus. Subtract 5 from -9.
Reduce the fraction \frac{-14}{4}=-3.5 to lowest terms by extracting and canceling out 2.
k=-1 k=-\frac{7}{2}
The equation is now solved.
Quadratic equations such as this one can be solved by completing the square. In order to complete the square, the equation must first be in the form x^{2}+bx=c.
Divide both sides by 2.
Dividing by 2 undoes the multiplication by 2.
Divide -7 by 2.
Divide \frac{9}{2}=4.5, the coefficient of the x term, by 2 to get \frac{9}{4}=2.25. Then add the square of \frac{9}{4}=2.25 to both sides of the equation. This step makes the left hand side of the equation a perfect square.
Square \frac{9}{4}=2.25 by squaring both the numerator and the denominator of the fraction.
Add -\frac{7}{2}=-3.5 to \frac{81}{16}=5.0625 by finding a common denominator and adding the numerators. Then reduce the fraction to lowest terms if possible.
Factor k^{2}+\frac{9}{2}k+\frac{81}{16}. In general, when x^{2}+bx+c is a perfect square, it can always be factored as \left(x+\frac{b}{2}\right)^{2}.
Take the square root of both sides of the equation.
k+\frac{9}{4}=\frac{5}{4} k+\frac{9}{4}=-\frac{5}{4}
k=-1 k=-\frac{7}{2}
Subtract \frac{9}{4}=2.25 from both sides of the equation.