Radical Expressions in Algebra.
Take an equation:
It's easy enough to start solving for a:
Now I am aware that taking the square root at this point would mean I would have to start using an imaginary number "i" as it is called. It is my understanding right now that:
is an equivalent equation to -a^2=-2 since both sides of the equation could be divided by negative one?
I've been reviewing my algebra and so when a square root of both sides of an equation takes place I have to use a +- (plus-minus) sign?
Is that really true in all cases?
Thanks in advance...
Re: Radical Expressions in Algebra.
That's not an equation; you mean this: -a^2 + 2 = 0
Originally Posted by sepoto
Really, all it is is some cruel math teacher changed a^2 - 2 = 0 !