# Can someone remind me how to isolate y in this type of problem?

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• June 10th 2011, 11:03 AM
Lancet
Can someone remind me how to isolate y in this type of problem?
I know I'm going to kick myself for this, but can someone remind me how to isolate and solve for y in this type of problem:

$y^2 + y = x^2 - 4$
• June 10th 2011, 11:04 AM
TKHunny
Have you considered the Quadratic Formula or Completing the Square?
• June 10th 2011, 11:21 AM
Lancet
Ah, yes I was right about kicking myself. Aside from being very rusty, I got confused because it looks like there are two seperate equations - one for each variable. Thank you for that. I shall now beat myself soundly. :)