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# If √x = x, then which of the following must be true?

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If $$\sqrt{x}$$ = x, then which of the following must be true?

A. x is positive
B. x=1
C. x^2>x
D. x is non-negative
E. None of the above
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emmak wrote:
If $$\sqrt{x}$$=x , then which of the following must be true?
a) x is positive
b) x=1
c) $$x^2$$>x
d) x is non-negative
e) none of the above

Square both the sides we get
x = x^2
x^2 - x= 0
x(x-1)=0
either x=0 or x=1
So, asnwer will be D

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If $$\sqrt{x}= x$$ , then which of the following must be true?

A. x is positive
B. x=1
C. x^2>x
D. x is non-negative
E. None of the above

We have that x is equal to the square root of some number ($$\sqrt{x}$$). Now, we know that the square root function cannot give negative result ($$\sqrt{{some \ expression}}\geq{0}$$), thus LHS ($$\sqrt{x}$$) is more than or equal to zero, which implies tha RHS (x) is also more than or equal to zero. Hence we have that $$x\geq{0}$$.

Or simply be solving: $$\sqrt{x}= x$$ --> $$x=x^2$$ --> $$x(x-1)=0$$ --> $$x=0$$ or $$x=1$$.

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