Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13417-894-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-894-3

Chapter 8 - Section 8.1 - The Square Root Property and Completing the Square - Exercise Set - Page 593: 40


{$-4-\sqrt {21},-4+\sqrt {21}$}

Work Step by Step

Given: $x^2+8x-5=0$ This can be re-written as: $x^2+8x=5$ We need to add $(4)^2$ to complete the square. Thus, $x^2+8x+16=5+16$ or, $(x+4)^2=21$ or, $(x+4)=\pm \sqrt {21}$ or, $x=-4- \sqrt {21},-4+\sqrt {21}$ Hence, solution set is $x=${$-4-\sqrt {21},-4+\sqrt {21}$}
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