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Which of the following is NOT equivalent to \(49a^2 = 9b^2 - 4\)?

A. \(49a^2 + 4 = 9b^2\)
B. \(98a^2 = 18b^2 - 8\)
C. \(49a^2 = (3b - 2)(3b + 2)\)
D. \(a^2 = \frac{9b^2 - 4}{7^2}\)
E. \(7a = 3b - 2\)
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Which of the following is NOT equivalent to \(49a^2 = 9b^2 - 4\)?

A. \(49a^2 + 4 = 9b^2\)
B. \(98a^2 = 18b^2 - 8\)
C. \(49a^2 = (3b - 2)(3b + 2)\)
D. \(a^2 = \frac{9b^2 - 4}{7^2}\)
E. \(7a = 3b - 2\)


Four of the answer choices are equivalent to \(49a^2 = 9b^2 - 4\), and one is not. Equations are said to be equivalent when the equations have the same solution.

In this case, equivalent equations will have the same value for \(a\) and \(b\) as in the original equation. Let's compare our equation to each choice.

Choice A: \(49a^2 + 4 = 9b^2\) is the same as the original equation if 4 is added to both sides. Eliminate A.

Choice B: \(98a^2 = 18b^2 - 8\) is the same as the original equation if both sides are multiplied by 2. Eliminate B.

Choice C: \(49a^2 = (3b - 2)(3b + 2)\) correctly factors the original equation. Eliminate C.

Choice D: \(a^2 = \frac{9b^2 - 4}{7^2}\) is the same as the original equation if both sides are divided by \(7^2\) or \(49\). Eliminate D.

Choice E: \(7a = 3b - 2\) incorrectly calculates the square root of \(9b^{2} - 4\). The square root of the left side of the equation is correctly calculated. However, the square root of \(9b^{2} - 4\) isn't \(3b - 2\). We can verify this by squaring \(3b - 2\). If we do, we get \(9b^{2} - 12b + 4\), which is not equivalent to \(9b^{2} - 4\).

Choice E, which is not equivalent, is thus correct.


Answer: E
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What is the square root of 9b^2 − 4, anyway?
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