# What should be the value of k for the equation 2x^2 + 3x + 2y^2 - 5y + k = 0 to represent a circle.

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justaguide | Certified Educator

The general form of the equation of a circle with center (a, b) and radius r is (x - a)^2 + (y - b)^2 = r^2.

2x^2 + 3x + 2y^2 - 5y + k = 0

=> x^2 + 3x/2 + y^2 - 5y/2 + k/2 = 0

=> x^2 + 3x/2 + 9/16 + y^2 - 5y/2 + 25/16 + k/2 = 9/16 + 25/16

=> x^2 + 3x/2 + 9/16 + y^2 - 5y/2 + 25/16 = 34/16 - k/2

=> (x + 3/4)^2 + (y - 5/4)^2 = 34/16 - k/2

For the equation to represent a circle 34/16 - k/2 > 0

=> 34/16 > k/2

=> 34/8 > k

**The value of k should be less than 17/4.**