# If I know the quadratic formula, why must I also know how to complete the square?

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Jul 24, 2018

At least, it may help you to understand how the quadratic formula was derived.

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I have to say that there was a time in high school that I had the same thought. I later came to understand that mathematics is not simply remembering and applying formulae but, rather, questioning how and why these formulae came to be - and so much more besides.

Have faith - It's worth it!!