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# squares and square roots clarification

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28 Jan 2009, 06:47
In GMAT, is $$sqrt(x)$$ always +ve ?
This can get really tricky in some DS questions depending on
the equations, example if we simplify equation and use x instead of
$$sqrt(x)$$ and consider positive/negative numbers - could get

Any suggestions for a clean way to handle this topic is appreciated.

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26 Jun 2014, 23:26
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Quoting another answer, in essence,

"In GMAT math, the roots of x are expressed as +\sqrt{x} and -\sqrt{x}

\sqrt{x} itself is ALWAYS positive. I completely understand your logic, but if you don't accept this as a convention, you are bound to either get DS sums wrong or frown on several PS sums.

For example, the solutions for x in the equation x^2 = 25 are x=5 and x=-5.

HOWEVER, if x = 25, then \sqrt{x} = 5. PERIOD. Remember, convention not logic!

Good luck!"

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30 Jan 2009, 14:45
ConkergMat wrote:
In GMAT, is $$sqrt(x)$$ always +ve ?
This can get really tricky in some DS questions depending on
the equations, example if we simplify equation and use x instead of
$$sqrt(x)$$ and consider positive/negative numbers - could get

Any suggestions for a clean way to handle this topic is appreciated.

There are many posts that discussed this issue in details.
Try finding some of them and go through them. They would, I believe, clear your doubt.

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viewtopic.php?t=39533
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