# Math Help - Simplifying equation

1. ## Simplifying equation

y = 0.5 - x - sqrt(0.25 - x)

Can I simplify this equation, making it look like a product times itself?

2. Originally Posted by Tikitac
y = 0.5 - x - sqrt(0.25 - x)

Can I simplify this equation, making it look like a product times itself?
What are you asking? Can you put this in the form $(a + b)^2$? It's possible, but the forms for a and b are likely to be infinite series.

I know of no way to simplify this expression. (If it were $(0.5 - x) - \sqrt{0.5 - x}$, then you can do some factoring.)

-Dan