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**In order to solve for x, you must isolate x.****In order to isolate x, you must remove it from under the radical.****If there are three radicals in the equation, isolate one of the radicals.****Then raise both sides of the equation to a power equal to the index of the isolated radical.****Isolate the remaining radical.****Raise both sides of the equation to a power equal to the index of the isolated radical.****You should now have a polynomial equation. Solve it.****Remember that you did not start out with a polynomial; therefore, there may be extraneous solutions. Therefore, you must check your answers.**

Example 2:

First make a note of the fact that you cannot take the square root of a
negative number. Therefore, the term is valid only if the second term is valid
if , and the term is valid
only if The equation is
valid if all three terms are valid, therefore the domain is restricted to
the common domain of the three terms or the set of real numbers

Multiply both sides of the equation by 3 to remove the fraction.

Square both sides of the equation and simplify.

Isolate the
term and simplify.

Square both sides of the equation and
simplify.

Use the quadratic formula to solve for x.

The answers are

Check the solution by substituting 5 in the original equation for x. If the
left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation after the
substitution, you have found the correct answer.

- Left Side:
- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation equals the right side of the
original equation after we substituted 5 for x, then *x*=5 is a solution.

Check the solution by substituting 0.155505 in the original equation for
x. If the left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation
after the substitution, you have found the correct answer.

- Left Side:
- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation does not equal the right side
of the original equation after we substituted 0.155505 for x, then the
solution *x*=0.155505 is a not valid and not a solution after all.

You can also check the answer by graphing the equation:

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The graph represents the right side of the original equation minus the left
side of the original equation. The x-intercept(s) of this graph is(are) the
solution(s). Since there is just one x-intercept at 5, then the only
solution is *x*=5.

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