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Which of the following represents all the possible values of x that are solutions to the equation 3x=|x^2 -10| ?

A. -5, -2, and 0
B. -5, -2 , 2, and 5
C. -5 and 2
D. -2 and 5
E. 2 and 5
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Which of the following represents all the possible values of x that are solutions to the equation $$3x=|x^2 -10|$$?

A. -5, -2, and 0
B. -5, -2, 2, and 5
C. -5 and 2
D. -2 and 5
E. 2 and 5

Could someone explain how to get to the solution?
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$$3x=|x^2 -10|$$.

First of all: as RHS (right hand side) is absolute value, which is never negative (absolute value $$\geq{0}$$), LHS also must be $$\geq{0}$$ --> $$3x\geq{0}$$ --> $$x\geq{0}$$.

$$3x=x^2-10$$ --> $$x=-2$$ or $$x=5$$. First values is not valid as $$x\geq{0}$$.

$$3x=-x^2+10$$ --> $$x=-5$$ or $$x=2$$. First values is not valid as $$x\geq{0}$$.

So there are only two valid solutions: $$x=5$$ and $$x=2$$.

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30 May 2010, 08:03
But why didn't we check for 3x = -(x^2)-10 ???? Can someone explain???
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30 May 2010, 08:43
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But why didn't we check for 3x = -(x^2)-10 ???? Can someone explain???

We checked for two cases:

1. $$3x=x^2-10$$ --> $$x=-2$$ or $$x=5$$. First values is not valid as $$x\geq{0}$$.
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2. $$3x=-(x^2-10)$$ --> $$x=-5$$ or $$x=2$$. First values is not valid as $$x\geq{0}$$.

What case does $$3x = -(x^2)-10$$ represent?
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06 Jul 2013, 11:07
I squared both the LHS and RHS.
Get totally weird answer. (Roots come out to be -5 and 5/2)

What is wrong with that approach?
Clearly something is because those two roots are not options
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06 Jul 2013, 11:14
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I squared both the LHS and RHS.
Get totally weird answer. (Roots come out to be -5 and 5/2)

What is wrong with that approach?
Clearly something is because those two roots are not options

Probably math:

$$(3x)^2=(x^2-10)^2$$ --> $$x^4-29 x^2+100 = 0$$ --> solve for $$x^2$$: $$x^2=4$$ or $$x^2=25$$ --> $$x=2$$ or $$x=5$$ (discarding negative roots $$x=-2$$ or $$x=-5$$, since from 3x=|x^2 -10| it follows that x cannot be negative).

Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote:
jjack0310 wrote:
I squared both the LHS and RHS.
Get totally weird answer. (Roots come out to be -5 and 5/2)

What is wrong with that approach?
Clearly something is because those two roots are not options

Probably math:

$$(3x)^2=(x^2-10)^2$$ --> $$x^4-29 x^2+100 = 0$$ --> solve for $$x^2$$: $$x^2=4$$ or $$x^2=25$$ --> $$x=2$$ or $$x=5$$ (discarding negative roots $$x=-2$$ or $$x=-5$$, since from 3x=|x^2 -10| it follows that x cannot be negative).

Hope it's clear.

Right. I didnt do x^4. My mistake.
Kept it at x^2

Thanks
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08 Jul 2013, 19:42
Which of the following represents all the possible values of x that are solutions to the equation 3x=|x^2 -10| ?

x>3.33:
Positive:
3x=x^2-10
-x^2+3x+10=0
x^2-3x-10=0
(x-5)*(x+2)=0
x=5, x=-2
x=5 falls in the range of x>3.33. X=2 does not.

x<3.33
Negative:
3x=-(x^2-10)
3x=-x^2+10
x^2+3x-10=0
(x+5)*(x-2)=0
x=-5, x=2
Both -5 and 2 fall within the range of x<3.33

Solutions = -5,2,5

In other words, in a similar problem I would check the results of the positive and negative case and see if they fell within the range I was testing. For example, for x>3.33, we get two solutions (x=5, x=-2) but only x=5 is valid. Why is that? I see that you are using 3x (and therefore, x) as the metric for what values are valid and what ones arent) but it doesn't seem like thats the case in other problems)

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I think no need to calculate at all...
We are solving for LHS = RHS and we know RHS can not be negative (x^2-10) can be negative but |x^2-10| is always positive.
So the RHS should also be positive for equality.
RHS>0
3x>0
HENCE...X>0 and only option E satisfies
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08 Jul 2013, 22:19
WholeLottaLove wrote:
(also, if 3x is positive why couldn't I square both sides?)

Check here: which-of-the-following-represents-all-the-possible-values-of-94984.html#p1243493
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Which of the following represents all the possible values of x that are solutions to the equation 3x=|x^2 -10| ?

x>3.33:
Positive:
3x=x^2-10
-x^2+3x+10=0
x^2-3x-10=0
(x-5)*(x+2)=0
x=5, x=-2
x=5 falls in the range of x>3.33. X=2 does not.

x<3.33
Negative:
3x=-(x^2-10)
3x=-x^2+10
x^2+3x-10=0
(x+5)*(x-2)=0
x=-5, x=2
Both -5 and 2 fall within the range of x<3.33

Solutions = -5,2,5

In other words, in a similar problem I would check the results of the positive and negative case and see if they fell within the range I was testing. For example, for x>3.33, we get two solutions (x=5, x=-2) but only x=5 is valid. Why is that? I see that you are using 3x (and therefore, x) as the metric for what values are valid and what ones arent) but it doesn't seem like thats the case in other problems)

$$3x=|x^2 -10|$$, $$x^2 -10>0$$ if $$x>\sqrt{10}$$ and if $$x<-\sqrt{10}$$.

So if $$x>\sqrt{10}$$ or $$x<-\sqrt{10}$$ => positive
$$3x=x^2-10$$ that has two solutions: $$x=5$$ (possible) and $$x=-2$$ not possible because it's outside the range we are considering.

If $$-\sqrt{10}<x<\sqrt{10}$$ => negative
$$3x=-x^2+10$$ that has two solutions: $$x=2$$ (possible) and $$x=-5$$ not possible because it's outside the range we are considering.

So overall x can be 2 or 5.

"Why is that? " you anlyze parts of the function each time, so you have to pay attention to which ranges you are considering. If a given solution falls within that range, then it's solution, but it it falls out, it's not valid.

Hope it clarifies
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Ahhh...I wasn't considering that for x^2, the range might be greater than x or less than negative x. I am used to solving for, say, |x-3| which is a bit more straightforward. Thanks a lot for the explanation it cleared everything up!

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WholeLottaLove wrote:
Which of the following represents all the possible values of x that are solutions to the equation 3x=|x^2 -10| ?

x>3.33:
Positive:
3x=x^2-10
-x^2+3x+10=0
x^2-3x-10=0
(x-5)*(x+2)=0
x=5, x=-2
x=5 falls in the range of x>3.33. X=2 does not.

x<3.33
Negative:
3x=-(x^2-10)
3x=-x^2+10
x^2+3x-10=0
(x+5)*(x-2)=0
x=-5, x=2
Both -5 and 2 fall within the range of x<3.33

Solutions = -5,2,5

In other words, in a similar problem I would check the results of the positive and negative case and see if they fell within the range I was testing. For example, for x>3.33, we get two solutions (x=5, x=-2) but only x=5 is valid. Why is that? I see that you are using 3x (and therefore, x) as the metric for what values are valid and what ones arent) but it doesn't seem like thats the case in other problems)

$$3x=|x^2 -10|$$, $$x^2 -10>0$$ if $$x>\sqrt{10}$$ and if $$x<-\sqrt{10}$$.

So if $$x>\sqrt{10}$$ or $$x<-\sqrt{10}$$ => positive
$$3x=x^2-10$$ that has two solutions: $$x=5$$ (possible) and $$x=-2$$ not possible because it's outside the range we are considering.

If $$-\sqrt{10}<x<\sqrt{10}$$ => negative
$$3x=-x^2+10$$ that has two solutions: $$x=2$$ (possible) and $$x=-5$$ not possible because it's outside the range we are considering.

So overall x can be 2 or 5.

"Why is that? " you anlyze parts of the function each time, so you have to pay attention to which ranges you are considering. If a given solution falls within that range, then it's solution, but it it falls out, it's not valid.

Hope it clarifies
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Which of the following represents all the possible values of x that are solutions to the equation $$3x=|x^2 -10|$$?

A. -5, -2, and 0
B. -5, -2, 2, and 5
C. -5 and 2
D. -2 and 5
E. 2 and 5

Could someone explain how to get to the solution?
Thanks!

$$3x=|x^2 -10|$$.

First of all: as RHS (right hand side) is absolute value, which is never negative (absolute value $$\geq{0}$$), LHS also must be $$\geq{0}$$ --> $$3x\geq{0}$$ --> $$x\geq{0}$$.

$$3x=x^2-10$$ --> $$x=-2$$ or $$x=5$$. First values is not valid as $$x\geq{0}$$.

$$3x=-x^2+10$$ --> $$x=-5$$ or $$x=2$$. First values is not valid as $$x\geq{0}$$.

So there are only two valid solutions: $$x=5$$ and $$x=2$$.

RHS = an absolute value then 3x>=0 => x>=0 => Only E is appropriate
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BIG RULE for roots problems - **TEST THE ROOTS!!!**

3x = abs(x^2 - 10)

Scenario (1)
-3x = x^2 - 10
x^2 + 3x - 10 = 0
(x-2)(x+5)=0
x=2, -5

Scenario (2)
3x = x^2 -10
x^2 -3x-10=0
(x+2)(x-5)=0
x=-2,5

-5 and -2 don't work because we can't have a negative sign on the LHS of the equation, thus our only answers are 2,5

E.
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