# SOLUTION: Factor the quadratic. 2b(6b+13)=-12 I get 12b^2+26b+12=0 but not sure what to do next. May I please ask for assistance in solving this quadratic equation? Thanks

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Question 246123: Factor the quadratic. 2b(6b+13)=-12
I get 12b^2+26b+12=0 but not sure what to do next. May I please ask for assistance in solving this quadratic equation? Thanks

Found 2 solutions by rapaljer, richwmiller:
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You are correct so far! Now you need to factor the left side. Start by taking out a common factor of 2:
12b^2 +26b+12=0
2(6b^2 +13b+6)=0

The trinomial needs to be factored. This is the hard part, which I call "Advanced Trinomial Factoring". You may want to see this lesson on my website, which I will explain later. For now, you can factor this into
2(3b+2)(2b+3)=0

The 2 does not affect the solutions at all. You have two solutions:
First,
3b+2=0
3b=-2
b=-2/3

Second,
2b+3=0
2b=-3
b=-3/2

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You can put this solution on YOUR website!
divide both sides by 12
12b^2+26b+12=0
you can solve by factoring, completng the square or by quadratic formula
You get -3/2 (-1.5) and -2/3 (-.667)
I like completing the square.
12b^2+26b=-12
divide by 12
b^2+(26/12)(b)=-1
b^2+(13/6)(b)=-1
add 1/2*(13/6)^2 =169/144 to both sides
b^2+(13/6)(b)+169/144=25/144
factor
|b+13/12|=-5/12
b=-5/12-13/12=-18/12=-3/2
b=+5/12-13/12=-8/12=-2/3
see below for other methods
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