EQUATIONS CONTAINING VARIABLES UNDER ONE OR MORE RADICALS
- In order to solve for x, you must isolate x.
- In order to isolate x, you must remove it from under the radial.
- If there is just one radical in the equation, isolate the radical.
- Then raise both sides of the equation to a power equal to the index
of the radical.
- With these types of equations, sometimes there are extraneous
solutions; therefore, you must check your answers.
- If the index of the radical is even, many times there will be a
restriction on the values of x.
Raise both sides of the equation to the third power.
Check your answer by substituting 75.666666 in the original equation.
If the left side of the original equation equals the right side of the
original equation after the substitution, the answer 75.666666 is correct.
You can also check the answer by graphing the equation:
The graph represents the right side of the original equation minus the left
side of the original equation. Note that the x-intercept on the graph
is located at 75.666666, this confirms that 75.666666 is our solution.
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