I need to make x the subject of the following formula.

2y = (5 - square root of x)/ 3

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

I am assuming that you would like to solve the equation for x.

2y = (5- sqrt x) /3

You want to isolate x. In order to do that, you first must multiply both sides of the equation by 3.

3 * 2y = [(5 - sqrt x)/3] *3

6y = 5 - sqrt x

Now you need to isolate the square root part. To do this, you need to subtract the 5 from both sides.

6y - 5 = 5 - sqrt x - 5

6y - 5 = -sqrt x

That negative sign is messing things up, so get rid of it next. Simply multiply both sides by -1. (Change ALL of your signs.)

Your result: 5 - 6y = sqrt x

All this while, you have been doing the opposite of what is there. The same thing needs to be done to get rid of the sqrt. Square both sides of your equation.

(5 - 6y)^2 = (sqrt x)^2

(5 - 6y)^2 = x

Now you can either leave it like that, or you can go ahead and square that binomial out on the left side, using FOIL. If you want to go ahead and square it, you will get:

25 - 60y + 36y^2 = x

Rearrange to put it in standard form:

36y^2 - 60y + 25= x.

So, your answer can be either

(5 - 6y)^2 = x

or

36y^2 - 60y + 25 = x

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial