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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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Hello! I'm here again. Please teach me how to solve equation like this one:

sqrt(2x+3)-sqrt(x-2)=sqrt(x+1) * Note: sqrt- Square root of

What makes it hard for me to solve the above equation is that it has 3 terms with radical expression.

If it only has one or two radical expression I could easily eliminate the radicals from the equation after isolating it

then go on with solving the equation that arise.

But suppose I have more than 2 terms having radical expression(like on my given problem), how could I eliminate the radicals?

Thank you in advance!:)

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi 295Ja;

Did you first try graphing the equation?

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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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I have not try to graph it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

That equation may not be solveable by algebraic methods. Very few types of equations are. Basically we can solve quadratics, cubics and quartics using algebra. After that it is usually not possible.

Do not get stuck on one idea when doing math. From the graph you can immediately see that one root is x = 3. This is verified by plugging in.

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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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Thank you!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Looking at the graph I am not too optimistic that can be solved using algebra. Does that graph look like a polynomial? Of course not.

There are numerical methods for such problems. But first you always graph!

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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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I'll follow your advice.

Thanks again!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi 295Ja;

I will look for another answer.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi

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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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Thank you anonimnystefy!

Just curious, what is now the time in your place? By the way, it's now 11:38 pm here.:)

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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17:36pm here in Serbia.

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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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Thank you for the reply. I forgot to tell you that I'm from the Philippines. Until next time! Have a nice day!:)

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Have a nice day, too.

By the way, cute avatar

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi 295Ja

This method will always (I think) work for questions like this. Just one thing to watch out for: it will give genuine solutions; it may also throw up answers that are not solutions. So you have to check each answer you get.

square each side

simplify and re-arrange

square again

simplfy

factorise

Now why is it necessary to check these?

consider a simple example.

This quadratic has two solutions y = -5 and y = 5.

The act of squaring has made an extra answer.

So could x = 3 be a solution?

So x = 3 works.

Could x = -2 be a solution?

where i is the square root of minus 1. (if you've not yet met complex numbers just reject -2 as you 'cannot square root a negative')

So there is one answer, x = 3

Bob

ps. Stefy; My turn.

That should be

You'll find this then leads to the same quadratic as mine.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi Bob

True. Thanks for the correction.

Btw, our teacher told us it is better if we make the irational equation so that all signs in front of radicals are positive. That is why I transferted one term to the other side.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Stefy,

Did your teacher say why?

Bob

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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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It's now 11:24 in the morning here. Last night, something went wrong with the internet connection due to the typhoon so only now was I able to see the other replies.

anonimnystefy and bob bundy: I tried to solve the problem following your ideas. I got it now.

Thanks again anonimnystefy,bob bundy and bobbym!

Till next time!:)

*Last edited by 295Ja (2012-12-03 00:13:02)*

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi 295Ja

You're Welcome.

Glad you survived the storm. Does that happen very often?

Bob

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**295Ja****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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Hi bob bundy!

An average of 20 storms and/or typhoons per year enters the Philippines usually from July through October.

By the way, I'm now moving on to solving problems about inequalities then 2 dimensional coordinate system.

Glad I could ask problems I can't solve here!

*Last edited by 295Ja (2012-12-02 23:53:52)*

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi Bob

Of course he said. But I forgot. I think it is so that we make sure neither side is negative.

Hi 295Ja

You're welcome. Hope everything else was okay during the storm.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Stefy

and

I realise it will be hard for you to believe it but, sometimes, even teachers talk a load of rubbish.

aude sapere

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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I never said tachers new everything. It just seems logical. Even our book says it is better if we did itbthat way, so that we are sure both sides are positive.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi bobbym

Nice one. But I think you should explain why -2 isn't a solution.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

But I think you should explain why -2 isn't a solution.

Spurious solutions are detected by plugging in. -2 does not work.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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