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# ((80+25)^2-8000)^(1/2)

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Updated on: 13 Dec 2017, 08:16
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$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}$$

A. 25
B. 45
C. 55
D. 45^2
E. 55^2

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How would you answer the question?
√(105^2-8000)
=√(11000-8000)
=√(3000)
=over 50 (because √(2500)=50)

I estimated but I wanted to know to to actually solve it.

The correction says to focus on the Quadratic equation!

Help me
Daniela

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Originally posted by dmatinho on 13 Dec 2017, 08:08.
Last edited by Bunuel on 13 Dec 2017, 08:16, edited 1 time in total.
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13 Dec 2017, 08:33
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dmatinho wrote:
$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}$$

A. 25
B. 45
C. 55
D. 45^2
E. 55^2

LBS Simulator - Economist

How would you answer the question?
√(105^2-8000)
=√(11000-8000)
=√(3000)
=over 50 (because √(2500)=50)

I estimated but I wanted to know to to actually solve it.

The correction says to focus on the Quadratic equation!

Help me
Daniela

$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}=\sqrt{105^2-8000}=\sqrt{5^2*21^2-5^2*320}=5\sqrt{21^2-320}=$$

$$=5\sqrt{441-320}=5\sqrt{121}=5*11=55$$.

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13 Dec 2017, 08:43
dmatinho wrote:
$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}$$

A. 25
B. 45
C. 55
D. 45^2
E. 55^2

LBS Simulator - Economist

How would you answer the question?
√(105^2-8000)
=√(11000-8000)
=√(3000)
=over 50 (because √(2500)=50)

I estimated but I wanted to know to to actually solve it.

The correction says to focus on the Quadratic equation!

Help me
Daniela

Or another way:

$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}=\sqrt{6400+4000+625-8000}=\sqrt{3025}=55$$.

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17 Feb 2019, 23:14
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dmatinho wrote:
$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}$$

A. 25
B. 45
C. 55
D. 45^2
E. 55^2

$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}$$ = $$\sqrt{(105)^2-8000}$$

There is a very simple way to calculate squares of numbers ending with 5:

15^2 = (1*2)25 = 225
25^2 = (2*3)25 = 625
35^2 = (3*4)25 = 1225
45^2 = (4*5)25 = 2025

similarly:
105^2 = (10*11)25 = 11025

Hence:

$$\sqrt{(80+25)^2-8000}$$ = $$\sqrt{11025-8000}$$
=$$\sqrt{3025}$$

Now to calculate the square root of 3025 we can use the same method as above as it ends with 25:

55^2 = (5*6)25 = 3025

Hence the answer is C
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