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Don't make two equations out of this one.
x^2 -6x+9 + x^2 +4x +4 = 17
2x^2 -2x + 13 = 17
Set the equation equal to zero:
2x^2 -2x -4=0
Factor the common factor of 2:
Therefore there are two solutions:
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