Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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Chapter 9 - Section 9.4 - Imaginary Numbers as Solutions of Quadratic Equations - Exercise Set - Page 655: 20

Answer

$x=\left\{ -12-10i,-12+10i \right\}$

Work Step by Step

Taking the square root of both sides (the Square Root Property) and using $i=\sqrt{-1}$, the solutions to the given equation, $(x+12)^2=-100 ,$ are \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} x+12=\pm\sqrt{-100} \\\\ x+12=\pm\sqrt{-1}\cdot\sqrt{100} \\\\ x+12=\pm i\cdot\sqrt{(10)^2} \\\\ x+12=\pm i\cdot10 \\\\ x+12=\pm 10i \\\\ x=-12\pm 10i .\end{array} Hence, $x=\left\{ -12-10i,-12+10i \right\} .$

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