akamai, i have a question:
Did the others, including me ignore the negative value of the sqrt root here?
4 + sqrt (16) ....this would be 8 isnt it?
but sqrt(16) = - 4 too...
Do we always take the positive value of the sqrt root in "expressions", unless otherwise mentioned.
In the gmat, the square root sign signifies positive square root. HOWEVER, since I squared an expression in one of the steps in my solution, I no longer can claim the square root to be positive, i.e., I cannot say if x = -2 I cannot say since x^2 = 4, x = sqrt(x^2) = 2.
Going back to my solution, I would have to notice that the answer must be negative, then choose the correct root.
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