What is X if X-6X^(1/2)=-8

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kingattaskus12 | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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We need to determine the value of `x ` in `x-6sqrt(x)=-8`

First, we isolate the term containing square root. So we have

`6sqrt(x) =x+8`

Then if we square both sides, we get


By using FOIL method and further simplifying

`36x = x^2+16x+64`


By factoring,


By zero product property, the solution in the given equaiton is eitherĀ `x=16` or `x=4` .

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llltkl | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The equation `x-6x^(1/2)=-8` has to be solved for x.

Let `x^(1/2)=t` , then `x=t^2`

The given equation reduces to:


`rArr t^2-6t+8=0`

`rArr t^2-4t-2t+8=0`

`rArr t(t-4)-2(t-4)=0`

`rArr (t-4)(t-2)=0`

To solve for `t` , put each of the terms equal to zero.


`rArr t=4`

Also, `(t-2)=0`

`rArr t=2`

When `t=4, x=t^2`



When `t=2, x=t^2`



Therefore, the values of x for which the equation `x-6x^(1/2)=-8` holds good are 2 and 4.

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