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What is the value of x?

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What is the value of x?

(1) \(\sqrt{x} = x-2\)

(2) x is not equal to 1.
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DH99 wrote:
What is the value of x?

1. √ x = x-2

2. x is not equal to 1.



Hi..

1) √x=x-2
Square both sides
\(x=x^2-4x+4.....x^2-5x+4=0....x^2-4x-x+4=0.........(x-4)(x-1)=0\)
So x can be 4 or 1..
Substitute in equation and see if values are valid.
A) 2
√4=4-2=2.... Valid
B) 1
√1=1-2=-1..... Not valid
SQUARE Root has to be POSITIVE

Only possible value :- 4
Sufficient

2) X is not 1..
Nothing much.
But only to tempt you to click C....the C trap
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