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23 Dec 2009, 14:01
Looks simple problem, but could you elaborate on solution, thank you!
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24 Dec 2009, 07:39
mirzohidjon wrote:
Looks simple problem, but could you elaborate on solution, thank you!

$$\sqrt{x^2 +6x +9}$$ = $$\sqrt{(x+3)^2}$$ = (x+3)
$$\sqrt{y^2 -2y +1}$$ = $$\sqrt{(y-1)^2}$$ = (y-1)

so the expression become (x+3) - (y-1) = x-y+4 = 3/4 -2/5 + 4 = (15 - 8 + 80)/20 = 87/20

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24 Dec 2009, 09:05
But that is the problem,
I got the same answer as you, but official answer says the solution is B

63/20
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24 Dec 2009, 11:48
mirzohidjon wrote:
But that is the problem,
I got the same answer as you, but official answer says the solution is B

63/20

well well well .....if we dont simplify the expression then we get 63/20
$$\sqrt{x^2 + 6x + 9}$$ = $$\sqrt{(9/16 + 18/4 + 9)}$$ = $$\sqrt{(9+72+144)/16}$$ = 15/4

$$\sqrt{y^2 -2y +1}$$ = $$\sqrt{4/25 - 4/5 + 1}$$ = $$\sqrt{(4 - 20 + 25)/25}$$ = 3/5

so we have
15/4 - 3/5 = (75 - 12)/ 20 = 63/20

Can someone please let me know what is wrong with the solution provided by simplifying the square roots??

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25 Dec 2009, 05:03
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kp1811 wrote:
mirzohidjon wrote:
Looks simple problem, but could you elaborate on solution, thank you!

$$\sqrt{x^2 +6x +9}$$ = $$\sqrt{(x+3)^2}$$ = (x+3)
$$\sqrt{y^2 -2y +1}$$ = $$\sqrt{(y-1)^2}$$ = (y-1)

so the expression become (x+3) - (y-1) = x-y+4 = 3/4 -2/5 + 4 = (15 - 8 + 80)/20 = 87/20

$$\sqrt{x^2}=|x|$$

$$|x+3|-|y-1|=|\frac{3}{4}+3|-|\frac{2}{5}-1|=|\frac{15}{4}|-|-\frac{3}{5}|=\frac{15}{4}-\frac{3}{5}=\frac{63}{20}$$
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25 Dec 2009, 07:41
Bunuel wrote:
kp1811 wrote:
mirzohidjon wrote:
Looks simple problem, but could you elaborate on solution, thank you!

$$\sqrt{x^2 +6x +9}$$ = $$\sqrt{(x+3)^2}$$ = (x+3)
$$\sqrt{y^2 -2y +1}$$ = $$\sqrt{(y-1)^2}$$ = (y-1)

so the expression become (x+3) - (y-1) = x-y+4 = 3/4 -2/5 + 4 = (15 - 8 + 80)/20 = 87/20

$$\sqrt{x^2}=|x|$$

$$|x+3|-|y-1|=|\frac{3}{4}+3|-|\frac{2}{5}-1|=|\frac{15}{4}|-|-\frac{3}{5}|=\frac{15}{4}-\frac{3}{5}=\frac{63}{20}$$

Thanks Bunuel for the clarification

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03 Jan 2010, 19:25
I assumed that square root sign does not mean that it is module, from now on i will know.
thank u for clarification
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