t^2 - 10t + 24 = 0

t^2 - 10t = -24

Take half of the coefficient of t and square it.

-10t `=>` -10 `=>` -5 `=>` 25

Add this number to both sides.

t^2 - 10t + 25 = -24 + 25

t^2 - 10t + 25 = 1

Factor the polynomial using the Perfect Square Pattern.

(t - 5)^2 = 1

Square root both sides.

t - 5 = `+-` 1

**t = 6**

**t = 4**

You can check this by graphing and finding the x-intercepts.

Notice that the x-intercepts of the parabola are 4 and 6.

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First, we move the 24 to the other side:

t^2 - 10t + 24 = 0

This is in standard form: Ax^2 + Bx + C = 0, where A = 1, B = 10, and C = 24.

Subtract 24 from both sides.

t^2 - 10t = -24

Now we find half of B and square it. That is what we add to both sides. Half of -10 is -5 and (-5)^2 is 25. So we will add 25 to both sides:

t^2 - 10t **+25 **= -24 **+ 25**

Now we factor the first side.

(t-5)(t - 5) = 1

(t - 5)^2 = 1

t - 5 = 1 or t - 5 = -1

t = 6 or t = 4

**The solution set is t = {-4, 6}.**

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