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Which of the following is always equal to $$\sqrt{9+x^2-6x}$$?

A. x - 3
B. 3 + x
C. |3 - x|
D. |3 + x|
E. 3 - x
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|x-3|

Don't for get that...

|x-3| = |3-x|

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Sachin9 wrote:
This is true and absolute value properties confirms this because:
|a-b| = |b-a|

Bunuel/KArishma,
Is this always true?

Yes, since both |a-b| and |b-a| represent the distance between a and b on the number line.

COMPLETE SOLUTION:

Which of the following is always equal to $$\sqrt{9+x^2-6x}$$?
A. x - 3
B. 3 + x
C. |3 - x|
D. |3 + x|
E. 3 - x

$$\sqrt{9+x^2-6x}=\sqrt{(3-x)^2}=|3-x|$$.

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ankittiss wrote:
According to my understanding there are two cases in the GMAT:
Case 1 :

sqrt[(-5)*(-5)] = -5

Case 2 :

sqrt[(5)*(5)] = 5

Is my understanding correct?

Ankit

No, it's totally wrong.

When the GMAT provides the square root sign for an even root, such as a square root, fourth root, etc. then the only accepted answer is the positive root. That is:

$$\sqrt{9} = 3$$, NOT +3 or -3;
$$\sqrt[4]{16} = 2$$, NOT +2 or -2;

Notice that in contrast, the equation $$x^2 = 9$$ has TWO solutions, +3 and -3. Because $$x^2 = 9$$ means that $$x =-\sqrt{9}=-3$$ or $$x=\sqrt{9}=3$$.

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About $$\sqrt{x^2}=|x|$$:

Again, the point here is that since square root function can not give negative result then $$\sqrt{some \ expression}\geq{0}$$.

So $$\sqrt{x^2}\geq{0}$$. But what does $$\sqrt{x^2}$$ equal to?

Let's consider following examples:
If $$x=5$$ --> $$\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive$$;
If $$x=-5$$ --> $$\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=-x=positive$$.

So we got that:
$$\sqrt{x^2}=x$$, if $$x\geq{0}$$;
$$\sqrt{x^2}=-x$$, if $$x<0$$.

What function does exactly the same thing? The absolute value function: $$|x|=x$$, if $$x\geq{0}$$ and $$|x|=-x$$, if $$x<0$$. That is why $$\sqrt{x^2}=|x|$$.

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Dont forget that square root produces a positive and negative result.

I end up with +/- (x-3). In absolute value terms, this would be |x-3| .... I dont see this as an answer choice though :-S

Sorry, but this statment is wrong... Sqrt( "Something" ) >= 0... It's never negative. In addition, "Somtehing" must be positive or 0.

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(C) for me

sqrt (9+x^2-6x)
= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3-x|

Fig can you pls. explain:

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x-3)^2

From this how do you arrive at :

= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3 - x|

I'm sorry; I just don't understand the logic behind this. I can arrive at the correct answer by plugging in but I cannot see how the answer is not x - 3 when solving algebraically. Obviously, I'm missing some basic concept. Can you explain? Thanks.

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I originally said (x-3) was the right answer.

In essence, this is a "square root of a square" problem, is it not? In that case, isn't the result always a positive number?

Whenever you have an expression in the form $$\sqrt{x^2}$$ it becomes $$|x|$$.
So in this case $$\sqrt{(x-3)^2}=|x-3|$$

For example if $$\sqrt{x^2}=3$$ x could be 3 and $$\sqrt{3^2}=3$$
but could also be -3 as $$\sqrt{(-3)^2}=3$$.

That's why we need the abs value $$x=|3|$$
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Which of the following is always equal to $$\sqrt{9+x^2-6x}$$?

A. x - 3
B. 3 + x
C. |3 - x|
D. |3 + x|
E. 3 - x

There should be no confusion regarding this question.
SQUAREROOT and MODULUS have the same property regarding the polarity of a number. THEY BOTH YIELDS ONLY POSITIVE OUTPUTS.

Q:- what is the surest way to make any value positive. ?
A:- Take the modulus of the value |x|

So we know $$\sqrt{9+x^2-6x}$$ will gives us ONLY POSITIVE VALUE, Then we should make sure that the option also matches this property.
Therefore only |3 - x| and |3+x| are the one that will always give positive value
BUT |3+x| is not a root or solution of $$\sqrt{9+x^2-6x}$$
So the only option left is |3-x|

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After factorization I got sq root x- 3 ^2 => (x-3) ^2 so x = 3
I tried this algebraically - keeping in mind 'always true'. I would be glad to hear any comments on the same
1) x - 3 = 0 can be 3 => 3 - 3 = or x = 3 but I wasn't sure if this will hold always
2) x = -3 (not correct)
3) |3-x|: 3 - x =0; so x=3 and -3+x=0 so x = 3 (here both negative or positive sign; value remains the same)
4) |3+x| = 0 will not hold
5) 3 - x= 0; so -x = - 3 or x = 3

Now I know, that C will ALWAYS be true. But Why is A, E wrong? They are giving us 3 also
Can anyone explain the logic for A, E to be wrong?

Hey as per the expression:

9+x2−6x‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾√=(3−x)2‾‾‾‾‾‾‾‾√=|3−x|9+x2−6x=(3−x)2=|3−x|.

You can't equate it to 0 and compute value of x as 3. Anyways A and E are subset of the solution. In case of C it is considering both the solutions which equate to square root expression given in question stem.

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(C) for me

sqrt (9+x^2-6x)
= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3-x|

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Dont forget that square root produces a positive and negative result.

I end up with +/- (x-3). In absolute value terms, this would be |x-3| .... I dont see this as an answer choice though :-S

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Which of the following is always equal to sqrt (9+x^2-6x)?

a) x - 3
b) 3 + x
c) |3 - x|
d) |3 + x|
e) 3 - x

Pls. explain.

C. sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) can be written as = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9)
sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = 3 - x
sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = x - 3

(3-x) and (x-3) are not same but if we multiply either of them by -ve, we get the other. Therefore

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = l3-xl
so C should be it.

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So in other words sq rt of (x-3)^2 is +ve or -ve x-3? Sorry, but i don't really get that. I thought when we have a square of a sq rt, the answer is just what's under the sq rt, without any power.

It's not sq rt of 9 to be +-3, it's sq rt of 9^2, which is 9.
Please correct me if i am wrong.

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GK_Gmat wrote:
Which of the following is always equal to sqrt (9+x^2-6x)?

a) x - 3
b) 3 + x
c) |3 - x|
d) |3 + x|
e) 3 - x

Pls. explain.

C. sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) can be written as = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9)
sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = 3 - x
sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = x - 3

(3-x) and (x-3) are not same but if we multiply either of them by -ve, we get the other. Therefore

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = l3-xl
so C should be it.

Sorry as well... the reasonning is wrong

We have no clues on the sign neither of 3-x nor of x-3.... So we cannot say sqrt( "Something" ) = Unknown sign expression

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Fig wrote:
Fistail wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
Which of the following is always equal to sqrt (9+x^2-6x)?

a) x - 3
b) 3 + x
c) |3 - x|
d) |3 + x|
e) 3 - x

Pls. explain.

C. sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) can be written as = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9)
sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = 3 - x
sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = x - 3

(3-x) and (x-3) are not same but if we multiply either of them by -ve, we get the other. Therefore

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = l3-xl
so C should be it.

Sorry as well... the reasonning is wrong

We have no clues on the sign neither of 3-x nor of x-3.... So we cannot say sqrt( "Something" ) = Unknown sign expression

i did not get your point.

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) and sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9), both, are +ves.

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23 Oct 2007, 14:31
Fistail wrote:
Fig wrote:
Fistail wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
Which of the following is always equal to sqrt (9+x^2-6x)?

a) x - 3
b) 3 + x
c) |3 - x|
d) |3 + x|
e) 3 - x

Pls. explain.

C. sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) can be written as = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9)
sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = 3 - x
sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = x - 3

(3-x) and (x-3) are not same but if we multiply either of them by -ve, we get the other. Therefore

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = l3-xl
so C should be it.

Sorry as well... the reasonning is wrong

We have no clues on the sign neither of 3-x nor of x-3.... So we cannot say sqrt( "Something" ) = Unknown sign expression

i did not get your point.

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) and sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9), both, are +ves.

Yes... Both left sides in bold are ok... but the right sides are not ... They could be negative...

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Fig wrote:
Fistail wrote:
Fig wrote:
Fistail wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
Which of the following is always equal to sqrt (9+x^2-6x)?

a) x - 3
b) 3 + x
c) |3 - x|
d) |3 + x|
e) 3 - x

Pls. explain.

C. sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) can be written as = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9)
sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = 3 - x
sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = x - 3

(3-x) and (x-3) are not same but if we multiply either of them by -ve, we get the other. Therefore

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9) = l3-xl
so C should be it.

Sorry as well... the reasonning is wrong

We have no clues on the sign neither of 3-x nor of x-3.... So we cannot say sqrt( "Something" ) = Unknown sign expression

i did not get your point.

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) and sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9), both, are +ves.

Yes... Both left sides in bold are ok... but the right sides are not ... They could be negative...

but Fig i am still not clear on whether you mean "sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x)" is only +ve or -ve too.

I say it is only +ve because "sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x)" is a factor of "(9 + x^2 - 6x)" and the other fasctor is "-sqrt(9 + x^2 - 6x)". so

"sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x)" can only be 3-x but it can be x-3 as well because we can re-write "sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x)" as "sqrt (x^2 - 6x + 9)", which is x-3.

thanks.

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GK_Gmat wrote:
Fig wrote:
(C) for me

sqrt (9+x^2-6x)
= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3-x|

Fig can you pls. explain:

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x-3)^2

From this how do you arrive at :

= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3 - x|

I'm sorry; I just don't understand the logic behind this. I can arrive at the correct answer by plugging in but I cannot see how the answer is not x - 3 when solving algebraically. Obviously, I'm missing some basic concept. Can you explain? Thanks.

by definition |x| = sqrt(x^2)

since |x| have two scenarios -x or x and sqrt(x^2) have the same scenarios -x or x.

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GK_Gmat wrote:
KillerSquirrel wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
Fig wrote:
(C) for me

sqrt (9+x^2-6x)
= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3-x|

Fig can you pls. explain:

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x-3)^2

From this how do you arrive at :

= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3 - x|

I'm sorry; I just don't understand the logic behind this. I can arrive at the correct answer by plugging in but I cannot see how the answer is not x - 3 when solving algebraically. Obviously, I'm missing some basic concept. Can you explain? Thanks.

by definition |x| = sqrt(x^2)

since |x| have two scenarios -x or x and sqrt(x^2) have the same scenarios -x or x.

Whew! Finally it makes sense. Thanks KS.

wait a second: it is true that |x| can have -ve or +ve values i.e. lxl = x or -x.

But sqrt(x^2) has only one i.e x not -x.

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Fistail wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
KillerSquirrel wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
Fig wrote:
(C) for me

sqrt (9+x^2-6x)
= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3-x|

Fig can you pls. explain:

sqrt (9 + x^2 - 6x) = sqrt (x-3)^2

From this how do you arrive at :

= sqrt( (3-x)^2 )
= |3 - x|

I'm sorry; I just don't understand the logic behind this. I can arrive at the correct answer by plugging in but I cannot see how the answer is not x - 3 when solving algebraically. Obviously, I'm missing some basic concept. Can you explain? Thanks.

by definition |x| = sqrt(x^2)

since |x| have two scenarios -x or x and sqrt(x^2) have the same scenarios -x or x.

Whew! Finally it makes sense. Thanks KS.

wait a second: it is true that |x| can have -ve or +ve values i.e. lxl = x or -x.

But sqrt(x^2) has only one i.e x not -x.

the unknown x in sqrt(x^2) can be negative - the outcome will be positive ---> sqrt(-2^2) = 2 ---> x=-2

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