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If root(3x + 4) = x, what is the value of x?

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If \(\sqrt{3x+4} = x\), what is the value of x?

A. -4
B. -2
C. 1
D. 2
E. 4

Originally posted by zatspeed on 11 Mar 2015, 20:31.
Last edited by Bunuel on 12 Mar 2015, 05:29, edited 4 times in total.
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zatspeed wrote:
if (root)3x+4 = x, what is the value of x?

1) -4
2) -2
3) 1
4) 2
5) 4

Is the answer 1 or 4?


The answer is 4.

\(\sqrt{3x+4} = x\)
Squaring both sides, \(3x+4 = x^2\)
Solving this quadratic, you get (x-4)(x+1) = 0
x = 4 or -1

Anyway, if you have confusion in what will satisfy a given equation, just plug in to check.
If you put x = 1 in \(\sqrt{3x+4} = x\), it doesn't satisfy. If you put x = 4, it does.
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Hi Bunuel (and/or other Moderators),

Can someone go in and place a 'square-root sign' into the original prompt (and the title if possible). In it's current format, the prompt isn't completely clear, and I doubt that a typical site visitor would recognize the 'intent' of this question.

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New post 11 Mar 2015, 23:24
sqrt(3x+4)=x
from the question itself we can deduct that x>=0
squaring ,x^2-3x-4=0
x=4,-1
neglecting negative vaue , x=4
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Hi Bunuel (and/or other Moderators),

Can someone go in and place a 'square-root sign' into the original prompt (and the title if possible). In it's current format, the prompt isn't completely clear, and I doubt that a typical site visitor would recognize the 'intent' of this question.

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