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    Y varies directly as the square of x

    Question:
    Given that y varies directly as the square of x and that y=12 when x=2, find
    (a) the equation relating x and y
    (b) the values of x when y=-27

    My solution: (a)

    y=k(x^2)
    k=y/x^2
    =12/2^2
    =12/4
    =3
    y=3x^2

    (b)

    -27=3x^2
    x^2=-27/3
    =-9
    x= ?

    How do I solve for (b)?

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    Re: Y varies directly as the square of x

    This is annoying me because I can't see a mistake with your work. Is that *exactly* the wording of the question? I mean, I honestly doubt you're expected to put x=\pm 3i as your answer.
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    Re: Y varies directly as the square of x

    Quote Originally Posted by Quacky View Post
    This is annoying me because I can't see a mistake with your work. Is that *exactly* the wording of the question? I mean, I honestly doubt you're expected to put x=\pm 3i as your answer.
    Yeah, every detail of the question is stated here. Got to agree with you, but that answer you gave is about Imaginary number?
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    Re: Y varies directly as the square of x

    Quote Originally Posted by FailInMaths View Post
    Yeah, every detail of the question is stated here. Got to agree with you, but that answer you gave is about Imaginary number?
    Yes, and this doesn't seem to be the sort of question that would involve imaginary numbers.
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