Hello,
Is it or ?
"How would you rearrange:
v = 1/3 x² h to make x the subject?"
Having seen some of the replies, I wonder if I am missing something here. Do you mean how to I arrange to solve for x?
Assuming you meant (1/3)x and not 1/(3x), first multiply every term by 3 to eliminate fractions:
3v = 3(1/3)x² h
So:
3v = x2 h
Or since you want to isolate x:
x² h = 3v
Divide by coefficient of x:
(x² h)/h = 3v/h
Giving:
x² = 3v/h
Transform by taking square root of both sides:
x = +sqrt(3v/h) and –sqrt(3v/h)
The 1/(3x) would have been more interesting but just as easy.
I see this is the second answer to your question.
I replied because I thought you might be interested in a quick way to isolate any variable in a polynomial if it is at all possible, called the right-to-left method, or sometimes the divide-and-conquer method.
Considering the simplicity of your question, I assume you are probably at the start of your algebra life.
Some polynomials are not amenable to simple algebraic solutions (but there are other methods). The problems you will encounter in beginning algebra or a second course in standard algebra will probably not include such polynomials.
There, I posted something.