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\(2x  2 = \sqrt{3x^2+13}\) Which value(s) of x satisfies the equation above?
I. 1 II. 4 III. 9
(A) I (B) III (C) I & II (D) I & III (E) I, II, & IIIFor a discussion of algebraic equations involving radicals, as well as a solution to this question, see this post: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmatmath ... radicals/Mike
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Using numbers: \(2x  2 = \sqrt{3x^2+13}\) I)1 \(4= \sqrt{3(1)^2+13}\) \(\sqrt{3+13}\) does not equal \(4\) , so \(1\) is NOT a possible value. If we take a look at the possible answer, all contain I except B. So B is the correct answer
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I solved the equation to get the wrong answer. Squaring both sides made the difference. Leason Learnt: Such type of questions, better to place the given values & check.
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mikemcgarry wrote: \(2x  2 = \sqrt{3x^2+13}\) Which value(s) of x satisfies the equation above?
I. 1 II. 4 III. 9
(A) I (B) III (C) I & II (D) I & III (E) I, II, & IIIFor a discussion of algebraic equations involving radicals, as well as a solution to this question, see this post: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmatmath ... radicals/Mike \( 2x2 = \sqrt{3x^2 + 13}\) Squaring both sides, we get\( 4x^2  4x + 3 = 3x^2 + 13\) \( x^2  4x = 9\) \( x (x4) = 9\) x = 9 or x4 = 9
x = 9 or x = 13Since only X = 9 is given and it satisfies the condition Answer is B



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Ashishmathew01081987 wrote: mikemcgarry wrote: \(2x  2 = \sqrt{3x^2+13}\) Which value(s) of x satisfies the equation above?
I. 1 II. 4 III. 9
(A) I (B) III (C) I & II (D) I & III (E) I, II, & IIIFor a discussion of algebraic equations involving radicals, as well as a solution to this question, see this post: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmatmath ... radicals/Mike \( 2x2 = \sqrt{3x^2 + 13}\) Squaring both sides, we get\( 4x^2  4x + 3 = 3x^2 + 13\) \( x^2  4x = 9\) \( x (x4) = 9\) x = 9 or x4 = 9
x = 9 or x = 13Since only X = 9 is given and it satisfies the condition Answer is BHey Ashishmathew, (2x2)^2 = 4x^2 +48x right ? How come ur LHS of the eqn is [m][b]4x^2  4x + 3 ? Or Am I missing out something here ?



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sreelakshmigs wrote: Ashishmathew01081987 wrote: mikemcgarry wrote: \(2x  2 = \sqrt{3x^2+13}\) Which value(s) of x satisfies the equation above?
I. 1 II. 4 III. 9
(A) I (B) III (C) I & II (D) I & III (E) I, II, & IIIFor a discussion of algebraic equations involving radicals, as well as a solution to this question, see this post: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmatmath ... radicals/Mike \( 2x2 = \sqrt{3x^2 + 13}\) Squaring both sides, we get\( 4x^2  4x + 3 = 3x^2 + 13\) \( x^2  4x = 9\) \( x (x4) = 9\) x = 9 or x4 = 9
x = 9 or x = 13Since only X = 9 is given and it satisfies the condition Answer is BHey Ashishmathew, (2x2)^2 = 4x^2 +48x right ? How come ur LHS of the eqn is \(4x^2  4x + 3\) ? Or Am I missing out something here ? Dear sreelakshmigsI'm happy to respond. First of all, Ashishmathew01081987's solution is not correct at all. You are perfectly correct: \((2x2)^2 = 4x^2  8x + 4\) Also, the factoring thing he does at the end, the steps after x(x  4) = 9, are 100% incorrect. If you want to see the correct solution to this problem, see: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmatmath ... radicals/Mike
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Hey Ashishmathew, (2x2)^2 = 4x^2 +48x right ? How come ur LHS of the eqn is \(4x^2  4x + 3\) ? Or Am I missing out something here ?[/quote] Dear sreelakshmigsI'm happy to respond. First of all, Ashishmathew01081987's solution is not correct at all. You are perfectly correct: \((2x2)^2 = 4x^2  8x + 4\) Also, the factoring thing he does at the end, the steps after x(x  4) = 9, are 100% incorrect. If you want to see the correct solution to this problem, see: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmatmath ... radicals/Mike [/quote] Thanks Sree for pointing out my mistake. That was a blunder. Hope that it doesn't happen on the GMAT. Thanks Mike, I understand why the factoring stuff would have led me into the trap. Plugging numbers is the best option here.



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Ashishmathew01081987 wrote: Thanks Sree for pointing out my mistake. That was a blunder. Hope that it doesn't happen on the GMAT.
Thanks Mike, I understand why the factoring stuff would have led me into the trap. Plugging numbers is the best option here. Dear Ashishmathew01081987, Actually, it's very good to understand the algebra in this problem. Again, you can see a full algebraic solution at the blog to which I linked. Plugging numbers is good sometimes, but it's best not to make that a onesizefitall kind of strategy. Does this make sense? Mike
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Zarrolou wrote: Using numbers:
\(2x  2 = \sqrt{3x^2+13}\)
I)1
\(4= \sqrt{3(1)^2+13}\)
\(\sqrt{3+13}\) does not equal \(4\) , so \(1\) is NOT a possible value.
If we take a look at the possible answer, all contain I except B. So B is the correct answer I think this might be incorrect. First, 4 = 16^(1/2) is as correct answer since (4)(4) = 16. Second, the bold part is not correct. x² when x = 1 is the same as 1² = 1 and not (1)² = 1, so we should have 4 = 10^(1/2). So, option I is incorrect. Since the only option that says I is incorrect is B, then, B is our answer.



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