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    simple transposition headache

    0 = 400 - 600t^2

    transpose for t

    I get t = -400/-600^2

    I am not confident that this right, please advise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by john1875 View Post
    0 = 400 - 600t^2

    transpose for t

    I get t = -400/-600^2

    I am not confident that this right, please advise?
    Hi john1875,

    Use these steps:

    0=400-600t^2

    -400=-600t^2

    \dfrac{-400}{-600}=t^2

    \dfrac{2}{3}=t^2

    t=\sqrt{\dfrac{2}{3}}

    Can you rationalize the denominator?

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    No, it's not correct. You really should simplify each step before taking on any other step... E.g. \displaystyle \frac{-400}{-600} = \frac{2}{3}...

    Also, to undo squaring, you don't square both sides. You take the square root of both sides.
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    Wonder if you could clarify this point? Would I √(2/3) or √2 /3 ?
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    It's \displaystyle \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}.
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