Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

$x=-2$ or $x=-1$
Add 3 on both sides of the equation to obtain: $x+3=\sqrt{3x+7}$ Square both sides of the equation to obtain: $(x+3)^2=3x+7$ Use the rule $(a+b)^2 = a^2 + 2ab+b^2$ where $a=x$ and $b=3$ to obtain: $\\x^2+6x+9=3x+7$ Move all terms to the left side of the equation. Note that when a term is moved to the other side of the equation, its sign changes to its opposite. $x^2+6x+9-3x-7=0 \\x^2+3x+2=0$ Factor the trinomial to obtain: $(x+2)(x+1)=0$ Equate each factor to zero then solve each equation to obtain: $x+2 = 0 \text{ or } x + 1 = 0 \\x = -2 \text{ or } x = -1$