For example, say I wanted to find a perfect square of the form
z^2 + 180z - 88

The solutions manual shows the answer is z = 22, but how do I figure out this kind of problem in general?

I am not looking for a zero of the quadratic. I'm looking for an integer generated by this quadratic form that is a perfect square.
asked Mar 6, 2011 in Algebra 1 Answers by anonymous
Try completing the square?
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assuming z^2+180-88=m^2

rewrite it in a form of z(z+180) = m^2 + 88

since LHS is a form of 2 factors z and z+180, the right handside must be also in such a form as a x b therefore m must have same factors as 88, you can start from there and try the factors of 88
answered Mar 7, 2011 by HenryYang Level 3 User (2,140 points)

 27+12+6=45   15+9+21=45                                                                   3+18+24=45



answered Jun 14, 2012 by anonymous
2,6,10,................................................................,142  is an AP

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answered Feb 9, 2013 by Jatinder Ahooja (140 points)
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answered Jun 5, 2014 by yoyp
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answered Jun 22, 2014 by anonymous
  1. (a+b2) = (a+b) (a+b)
              = a2+ab+ba+b2
              = a2+2ab+b2

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answered Jun 25, 2014 by Vanessa

Try working with the factors of 88.


z(z+180) = m^2 + 88



The factors of 88

Answer : 1,2,4,8,11,22,44,88,

answered Feb 15 by Dino Zammit Level 3 User (2,720 points)
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