11.2: Area of the Missing Square
This activity is intended to supplement Algebra I, Chapter 10, Lesson 4.
Problem 1 – Introduction
Use this space for notes about the discussion of the model led by your teacher.
Area of the larger square
1. What is the area of the missing square that completes the larger square?
2.
Problem 2 – Integer Lengths
Start the Cabri Jr. application by pressing APPS and selecting CabriJr. Open the file titled SQUARE by pressing
Use the ALPHA key to grab the point on the side of the square and use the arrow keys to drag it down.
Change the displayed width values to
Width 
(Side length) 
Area 



1 




2  
3 
Problem 3 – NonInteger Lengths
Use the ALPHA key to grab the point on the side of the square and use the arrow keys to drag it to change the displayed width values. Find the area of the small square and the larger square for each width value.
Observe the relationship between the coefficient of
Width 
(Side length) 
Area 












3. How is the coefficient of
4. How is the coefficient of
5. What is a formula to find the value of
Problem 4 – Applying your Knowledge
Answer the questions below to apply your knowledge of completing the square.
6. Area
What is the value of
7. Area
What is the value of
8. Area
What is the value of
9. What is the value of
10. In order to complete the square, which equation will have a
11. Which value below can you add to the equation
12. What must you add to the expression
13. What must you add or subtract to the expression
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