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What is the product of all values of x that satisfies the equation: \(\sqrt{5x} + 1= \sqrt{(7x - 3)}\) ?

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What is the product of all values of x that satisfies the equation: \(\sqrt{5x} + 1= \sqrt{(7x - 3)}\) ?

A. 9
B. 11
C. 49
D. 99
E. None of the above


First, make sure that \(\sqrt{5x}\) and \(\sqrt{7x-3}\) have real value so \(x \geq 0\) and \(x \geq \frac{3}{7}\). Hence \(x \geq \frac{3}{7}\).

Now, solve that equation
\(\begin{align}
\quad \sqrt{5x}+1 &= \sqrt{7x-3} \\
5x + 2\sqrt{5x}+1 &= 7x-3 \\
2\sqrt{5x} &= 2x-4 \\
\sqrt{5x} &= x-2 \\
x - \sqrt{5x} - 2 &=0
\end{align}\)

Set \(t = \sqrt{x} \geq \sqrt{3/7}\) we have \(t^2 -t\sqrt{5} -2 =0\)

\(\delta = 5 + 4*2 = 13 \implies t_{12}=\frac{\sqrt{5} \pm \sqrt{13}}{2}\)

We have \(t_1 = \frac{\sqrt{5}+ \sqrt{13}}{2} \approx 2.9 > 1 > \sqrt{\frac{3}{7}}\). Choose this root.
\(t_2 = \frac{\sqrt{5}- \sqrt{13}}{2} \approx -0.7 < 0 < \sqrt{\frac{3}{7}}\). Eliminate this root.

Hence \(x=t_1^2=\frac{9+\sqrt{65}}{2}\).

The answer E.
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The final equation i am getting is x^2-9x+4
This means no solution. EgmatQuantExpert please shed some light on the solution.
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i am getting x^2-9x+4=0 which has no specific solution so answer should be E
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x^2-9x+4 is the final equation I get.
Is the answer E?
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Why don't you calculate the Discriminant.

The answer is obvious A (9)

As most of you got the final equation, x^2-9x+4=0, this needs further modification.

In equations ax^2 + bx + c = 0, the roots can be found with Discriminant.

D = b^2 - 4ac

then, x1 = ((-b) - sqrt(D))/2
x2 = ((-b) + sqrt(D))/2

So in our example

D = 81 - 16 = 65

X1 = (9-sqrt(65))/2
X2 = (9+sqrt(65))/2

Summing these two will eliminate the sqrt parts, and we will have 18/2 = 9
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Why don't you calculate the Discriminant.

The answer is obvious A (9)

As most of you got the final equation, x^2-9x+4=0, this needs further modification.

In equations ax^2 + bx + c = 0, the roots can be found with Discriminant.

D = b^2 - 4ac

then, x1 = ((-b) - sqrt(D))/2
x2 = ((-b) + sqrt(D))/2

So in our example

D = 81 - 16 = 65

X1 = (9-sqrt(65))/2
X2 = (9+sqrt(65))/2

Summing these two will eliminate the sqrt parts, and we will have 18/2 = 9


What you have calculated appears to be the sum of the roots. Question asks for the Product of the roots.
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote:
What is the product of all values of x that satisfies the equation: \(\sqrt{5x} + 1= \sqrt{(7x - 3)}\) ?

A. 9
B. 11
C. 49
D. 99
E. None of the above


First, make sure that \(\sqrt{5x}\) and \(\sqrt{7x-3}\) have real value so \(x \geq 0\) and \(x \geq \frac{3}{7}\). Hence \(x \geq \frac{3}{7}\).

Now, solve that equation
\(\begin{align}
\quad \sqrt{5x}+1 &= \sqrt{7x-3} \\
5x + 2\sqrt{5x}+1 &= 7x-3 \\
2\sqrt{5x} &= 2x-4 \\
\sqrt{5x} &= x-2 \\
x - \sqrt{5x} - 2 &=0
\end{align}\)

Set \(t = \sqrt{x} \geq \sqrt{3/7}\) we have \(t^2 -t\sqrt{5} -2 =0\)

\(\delta = 5 + 4*2 = 13 \implies t_{12}=\frac{\sqrt{5} \pm \sqrt{13}}{2}\)

We have \(t_1 = \frac{\sqrt{5}+ \sqrt{13}}{2} \approx 2.9 > 1 > \sqrt{\frac{3}{7}}\). Choose this root.
\(t_2 = \frac{\sqrt{5}- \sqrt{13}}{2} \approx -0.7 < 0 < \sqrt{\frac{3}{7}}\). Eliminate this root.

Hence \(x=t_1^2=\frac{9+\sqrt{65}}{2}\).

The answer E.

Did in the same way, except for the last part. t~2,9, x=t^2, therefore x~9. Just one root -> ans. is A
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I am getting E as my final answer. After squaring both sides, I get x^2-9x+4. The product is 4 which is E in our case. I am confused as to how A is the correct answer? Could anyone please explain it to me?
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Reserving this space to post the official solution. :)



Hi eGMAT,

Can you please elaborate on the answer?
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As everyone solved, I am getting final equation as \(x^2-9x+4=0\)
This gives product of roots as 4 thus E is answer as further solving above equation gives roots which are slighly more than 3/7.
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Probably it must be E , not A.
It will be A only if the question asked about sum of roots.

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The Answer provided is wrong!
it should be E and not A

EgmatQuantExpert - Kindly Rectify this
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote:
What is the product of all values of x that satisfies the equation: \(\sqrt{5x} + 1= \sqrt{(7x - 3)}\) ?

A. 9
B. 11
C. 49
D. 99
E. None of the above


First, make sure that \(\sqrt{5x}\) and \(\sqrt{7x-3}\) have real value so \(x \geq 0\) and \(x \geq \frac{3}{7}\). Hence \(x \geq \frac{3}{7}\).

Now, solve that equation
\(\begin{align}
\quad \sqrt{5x}+1 &= \sqrt{7x-3} \\
5x + 2\sqrt{5x}+1 &= 7x-3 \\
2\sqrt{5x} &= 2x-4 \\
\sqrt{5x} &= x-2 \\
x - \sqrt{5x} - 2 &=0
\end{align}\)

Set \(t = \sqrt{x} \geq \sqrt{3/7}\) we have \(t^2 -t\sqrt{5} -2 =0\)

\(\delta = 5 + 4*2 = 13 \implies t_{12}=\frac{\sqrt{5} \pm \sqrt{13}}{2}\)

We have \(t_1 = \frac{\sqrt{5}+ \sqrt{13}}{2} \approx 2.9 > 1 > \sqrt{\frac{3}{7}}\). Choose this root.
\(t_2 = \frac{\sqrt{5}- \sqrt{13}}{2} \approx -0.7 < 0 < \sqrt{\frac{3}{7}}\). Eliminate this root.

Hence \(x=t_1^2=\frac{9+\sqrt{65}}{2}\).

The answer E.


It's actually
x=(9+√65)/2
and
x=(9-√65)/2
There are 2 solutions


the best way to check it is b^2-4ac
4 possible scenarios, one of them if the result is positive non-perfect square number then there are 2 irrational solutions but the product of them will be rational number, in that case 4
(9+√65)/2*(9-√65)/2=(81-65)/4=4

the question wasn't formulated right
I've spent like 3 or 4 minutes double and cross checking myself, 'cause i got the solution here it's but not among the available answers...
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The Answer provided is wrong!
it should be E and not A

EgmatQuantExpert - Kindly Rectify this


The answer is E only but I am not happy with the quality of this question. It is very not a GMAT like question.

Experts ... kindly clarify!!
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pulkit0102 wrote:
The Answer provided is wrong!
it should be E and not A

EgmatQuantExpert - Kindly Rectify this


The answer is E only but I am not happy with the quality of this question. It is very not a GMAT like question.

Experts ... kindly clarify!!


Hi CAMANISHPARMAR

I think you are trying to calculate the roots of the equation, which is actually not required here.

you simply need to square both sides of the equation twice to get \(x^2-9x+4\)

Now Product of roots \(= \frac{c}{a}\), hence \(=\frac{4}{1}=4\)

This concept is frequently tested in GMAT and this question is actually very simple and can be solved under 2 minutes.
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