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# A positive number x is multiplied by 2, and this product is then divid

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A positive number x is multiplied by 2, and this product is then divided by 3. If the positive square root of the result of these two operations equals x, what is the value of x ?

(A) 9/4
(B) 3/2
(C) 4/3
(D) 2/3
(E) 1/2

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13 Aug 2008, 21:44
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droopy57 wrote:
A positive number x is multiplied by 2, and this product is then divided by 3. If the positive square root of the result of these two operations equals x, what is the value of x?

a. 9/4
b. 3/2
c. 4/3
d. 2/3
e. 1/2

**question: what is the fastest way to solve this non-algebraically? Any clear way to choose between the two possible choices?**

((2x)/3)^0.5 = x
Square both sides
(2x)/3 = x^2
2x = 3x^2
2 = 3x
x = 2/3

Non algebraically: you can look at answer choices and see which number when multiplied into ((2x)/3)^0.5 will give you a square in numerator and denominator (so that it equals itself).

9/4 will give 18/12
3/2 will give 1 (but 1 does not = 3/2)
4/3 will give 8/9
2/3 will give 4/9 (aha!)
1/2 will give 2/6
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14 Aug 2008, 09:17
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fastest way:

I had to write it down in an equation form, but then, the answer struck me as obvious once I had done this.

$$\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}x} = x$$

square both sides gives you

$$\frac{2}{3}x = x^2$$

can also be written as:

$$\frac{2}{3}*x = x*x$$

Divide both sides by x gives you

$$\frac{2}{3} = x$$

Not sure the best way to do this is without the equation. When you reduce things to writing on the pad, it helps eliminate errors which occur when we try to keep everything straight in our heads.

droopy57 wrote:
A positive number x is multiplied by 2, and this product is then divided by 3. If the positive square root of the result of these two operations equals x, what is the value of x?

a. 9/4
b. 3/2
c. 4/3
d. 2/3
e. 1/2

**question: what is the fastest way to solve this non-algebraically? Any clear way to choose between the two possible choices?**
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14 Aug 2008, 09:21
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jallenmorris wrote:
if 2/3 * x = x * x, then x must be 2/3.

if 2/3 * x = x^2
x(x-2/3) = 0
either x = 0 or x = 2/3
x = o not possible as per question (x is positive) So x = 2/3
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14 Aug 2008, 09:25
Good point. I wish I could say I didn't consider 0 because the questions stated "positive integer" but I just got lucky

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jallenmorris wrote:
if 2/3 * x = x * x, then x must be 2/3.

if 2/3 * x = x^2
x(x-2/3) = 0
either x = 0 or x = 2/3
x = o not possible as per question (x is positive) So x = 2/3
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14 Aug 2008, 11:02
sqrt(2x/3) = x

square both sides ---> 2x/3 = x^2

multiply both sides by 3 ---> 2x = 3x^2

3x^ - 2x = 0

x(3x - 2) = 0

x = 0, x = 2/3
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14 Aug 2008, 20:55
Thanks all. I solved the same way but thought there may be a faster way to solve since I took a minute or two to think through the question.
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A positive number x is multiplied by 2 and this product is then divided by 3. If the positive square root of the results of these two operations equals x, what is the value of x?

A. 9/4
B. 3/2
C. 4/3
D. 2/3
E. 1/2
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08 Feb 2011, 01:38
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sq rt(2x/3) = x

=> 2x/3 = x^2

=> x = 2/3

Ans - D
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08 Feb 2011, 02:09
x multiplied by 2 = 2x
2x divided by 3= 2x/3

Positive square root of 2x/3 = $$\sqrt{\frac{2x}{3}}$$

$$\sqrt{\frac{2x}{3}} = x$$

Squaring both sides;

$$\frac{2x}{3}=x^2$$

Divide both sides by "x" (we can perform this operation since x is a +ve number)

$$\frac{2}{3}=x$$
$$x=\frac{2}{3}$$

Ans: "D"
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18 Nov 2011, 11:37
The solution given by jallenmorris seems fast and easy enough
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droopy57 wrote:
A positive number x is multiplied by 2, and this product is then divided by 3. If the positive square root of the result of these two operations equals x, what is the value of x ?

(A) 9/4
(B) 3/2
(C) 4/3
(D) 2/3
(E) 1/2

Given that: $$\sqrt{\frac{2x}{3}}=x$$ --> $$\frac{2x}{3}=x^2$$ --> $$x(3x-2)=0$$ --> $$x=0$$ (dscard since we are told that x is a positive number) or $$x=\frac{2}{3}$$.

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