Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 11 - Quadratic Functions and Equations - 11.1 Quadratic Equations - 11.1 Exercise Set: 24

Answer

$y=4\pm3\sqrt{2}$

Work Step by Step

Since $x^2=a$ implies $x=\pm\sqrt{a}$ (the Square Root Principle), the solutions to the given equation, $ (y-4)^2=18 ,$ are \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} y-4=\pm\sqrt{18} \\\\ y-4=\pm\sqrt{9\cdot2} \\\\ y-4=\pm\sqrt{(3)^2\cdot2} \\\\ y-4=\pm3\sqrt{2} \\\\ y=4\pm3\sqrt{2} .\end{array}
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