Why can't I divide 2 to the other side in y+1=2square root/y+1?

Why can't I divide 2 to the other side in y+1=2square root/y+1? I would like to get rid of the square root in y+1 by squaring it, but my answer sheet say I can't divide the 2 out but I just have to square it with the SR/y+1 to get y.

Original problem: sr/2y+3-sr/y+1=1

I don't know where to find the symbol for square root so I say "sr/"

Re: Why can't I divide 2 to the other side in y+1=2square root/y+1?

To make square roots in LaTeX, click "Go Advanced" then click on the TeX tags (which will look like a sigma ). The square root of y+1 is denoted by \sqrt{y+1}, which yields .

As of right now, your question's too unclear...it seems like you are saying but I don't want to guess.

Re: Why can't I divide 2 to the other side in y+1=2square root/y+1?

You guess correctly! Why can't I divide the 2?

Re: Why can't I divide 2 to the other side in y+1=2square root/y+1?

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**EJdive43** You guess correctly! Why can't I divide the 2?

You *could* divide both sides by 2 to obtain , but you don't really have to.

Re: Why can't I divide 2 to the other side in y+1=2square root/y+1?

Ok, how would you solve sr/2y+3-sr/ y+1= 1? Please write it in steps.

Re: Why can't I divide 2 to the other side in y+1=2square root/y+1?

You should try to use the typesetting here. Or at least use sqrt(2y+3) - sqrt(y+1) = 1.

I think you're on the right track, I did it myself by rearranging and squaring both sides twice, obtaining

From here should be easy. Square both sides (again) to get

. Here, note that the LHS factors to

(if you don't see this immediately, you could perhaps let u = y+1 and factor).

Solving, we get and . Both solutions work.