(x-3)^(1/2) - (x)^(1/2) = -3

How many solutions, if any are in this equation? I can't seem to be able to factor this :S Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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- Sep 19th 2008, 05:01 PMfinalfantasysolutions to an equation question
(x-3)^(1/2) - (x)^(1/2) = -3

How many solutions, if any are in this equation? I can't seem to be able to factor this :S Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! - Sep 19th 2008, 05:18 PMo_O
$\displaystyle \begin{array}{rcl} \sqrt{x-3} - \sqrt{x} & = & - 3 \\ \sqrt{x - 3} & = & \sqrt{x} - 3 \\ x - 3 & = & x - 6\sqrt{x} + 9 \qquad \text{Squared both sides} \\ 6\sqrt{x} & = & 12 \\ & \vdots & \end{array}$

What can you concude? - Sep 19th 2008, 06:36 PMSoroban
Hello, finalfantasy!

Quote:

$\displaystyle \sqrt{x-3} - \sqrt{x} \;=\; -3$

How many solutions, if any, are in this equation?[

We have:

. $\displaystyle \sqrt{x-3} \;=\;\sqrt{x} - 3$

Square both sides:

. . $\displaystyle x - 3 \;=\;x - 6\sqrt{x} + 9 $

. . .$\displaystyle 6\sqrt{x} \;=\;12$

. . . $\displaystyle \sqrt{x} \;=\;2$

. . . . $\displaystyle x \;=\;4\quad\hdots$ . but this root is extraneous

There are**no**solutions.