# Solving Quadratic Equations II: Taking Square Roots

A quadratic equation can be solved by taking the square root of both sides of the equation. This method uses the square root property,
$y^2=z \to y=\pm \sqrt{z}$
Before taking the square root, the equation must be arranged with the x2 term isolated on the left- hand side of the equation and its coefficient reduced to 1. There are four steps in solving quadratic equations by this method:
All terms should be moved to one side of the equation using addition or subtraction. Rewrite the equation so that the left side of the equation is set equal to 0. For example, if the original equation is $x^2 = 5x - 3$, it should be rewritten as $x^2 - 5x + 3 = 0$.