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Square root of X^2? [#permalink]
16 Jun 2011, 21:36

Am I right in that the square root of X^2 is absolute value of x if we don't know whether x is negative or positive? Therefore, if we knew that x is negative, the square root of X^2 is -x? Thanks.

Re: Square root of X^2? [#permalink]
21 Jun 2011, 00:38

My understanding is the SQRT(x^2) = |x| since the square of an unknown yields +/- results. Therefore if x<0 then SQRT(x^2) is x=-a. Are you saying that a=-x?

Re: Square root of X^2? [#permalink]
21 Jun 2011, 16:54

Not sure this is GMAT logic or more general math logic, but here goes...

Lets say we investigate some squares: 1, 4, 9, 16, etc... Well how can we create these squares? For 1: (1)^2 OR (-1)^2, For 4: (2)^2 OR (-2)^2, etc...

Well when we undo the squares by taking the square root function then we create 2 solutions since there are 2 ways to make a square, ie 9 can be made by (3)^2 or (-3)^2. These returns are similar to absolute value function, since absolute value is basically distance on a number line AND all distances are positive. Since there are 2 ways to go on a number line (left or right) we have 2 solution possibilities for the absolute value. Therefore sqrt(x^2)=|x|. Hope that helps.

Re: Square root of X^2? [#permalink]
02 Jul 2011, 14:37

yes it is...go to gmat club math book and look at the chapter of inequalitites...explicitly states so... _________________

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