 # Other Types of Equations

Equations with Radical and Rational Exponents

When solving an equation linear in form with radicals or
rational exponents , simplify the equation , isolate the most
complicated radical on one side, and raise both sides to
the power equal to the index of the radical in order to
eliminate the last. You may need to repeat this procedure
if the resulting equation still contains a radical.

Note: We solve radical equations over the real numbers .

Caution! If you raise both sides of an equation to an
even power, the new equation may have more real
solutions than the original one.

Example: Equation x = 6 has solution set: {6}.
Raising both sides to the power 2, gives the equation
x^2 = 36 which has solution set x = ±6.
Thus, x = −6 is an extraneous solution to the original
equation and must be rejected.

Important! When raising to an even power, always
check each proposed solution in the original equation.

Example: Solve Example: Solve Note: If n is an even number, is never negative .

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Example: Find all solutions of the equation: Example: Solve by factoring Equations with Absolute Value

Recall:
1.|x| is the distance on the number line from 0 to x.
2.|x|≥ 0
3.|x|= 0 if and only if x = 0
4.|x|= −x

5. The algebraic definition : If a is a positive real number and u is any algebraic
expression , then
|u|= a is equivalent to u = a or u = −a .

Example: Solve the equations.    Prev Next