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    formula question

    hi! is this correct???

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    Hi

    No, it's wrong, unless * is the symbol you use for the sum and + the one you use for the product...
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    Hello,

    Not it isn't.

    a^{{\color{red}n}*k} (I suppose it's n, not a) is equal to (a^n)^k=(a^k)^n

    The only thing you can do is to factor by a^k, if k<n :

    a^n+a^k=a^k \left(a^{n-k}+1 \right)
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    Quote Originally Posted by yuriythebest View Post
    hi! is this correct???

    no.....the only manipulation I could see would be this a^n+a^k=a^n(1+a^{k-m})

    and to test your hypothesis let a=2 and k=1 and n=2
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    wow thanks for the lighting-quick responses. But it seems I am still doing something terribly wrong:

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    I'd make a substitution :

    u=(x^3+8)^{1/4}

    Then the equation is now uČ+u=6
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    ok I tried it that way but it seems I am going around in circles...

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    No, you're not "going around in circles". Once you have found the two solutions u_1,\,u_2 of u^2+u-6=0, you can solve for x : \sqrt[4]{x^3+8}=u_1 \Rightarrow x^3+8=u_1^4 and so on...

    Be careful about \Delta=b^2-4ac=1^2-4\times 1\times (-6)\neq 40
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    ok I tried that and got 2 negative roots:

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    OK you got the idea, now, read again the post #8. (especially the last sentence "Be careful...")
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    thank you flyingsquirrel! answer iz correct!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yuriythebest View Post
    thank you flyingsquirrel! answer iz correct!
    I'm referring to post #7: I don't understand where you've got the results from:

    u^2+u-6=0~\implies~u = -3~\vee~u=2

    And therefore

    \sqrt[4]{x^3+8} = -3 that means there doesn't exist a real x to satisfy this equation

    or

    \sqrt[4]{x^3+8} = 2~\implies~x^3+8=16~\implies~x^3=8~\implies~\boxed  {x=2}
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    yeah I understood that. cause of my spelling I mistook one of my u's for a 4 and therefore the incorrect answer. With your help I redid it and everything is correct.
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