Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321726391
ISBN 13: 978-0-32172-639-1

Chapter 11 - Section 11.3 - Integrated Review - Summary on Solving Quadratic Equations - Page 791: 3


$x=\left\{ 1-2\sqrt{2},1+2\sqrt{2} \right\}$

Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ To solve the given equation, $ (x-1)^2=8 ,$ take the square root of both sides and simplify the resulting radical. Then use the properties of equality to isolate the variable. $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ Taking the square root of both sides (Square Root Property), the equation above is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} x-1=\pm\sqrt{8} .\end{array} Extracting the root of the factor that is a perfect power of the index results to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} x-1=\pm\sqrt{4\cdot2} \\\\ x-1=\pm\sqrt{(2)^2\cdot2} \\\\ x-1=\pm2\sqrt{2} .\end{array} Using the properties of equality to isolate the variable results to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} x=1\pm2\sqrt{2} .\end{array} Hence the solutions are $ x=\left\{ 1-2\sqrt{2},1+2\sqrt{2} \right\} .$
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