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    Equation

    solve for x the equation :
    x+ \sqrt{a^2+x^2} = \frac{5a^2}{  a^2+b^2}
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    Quote Originally Posted by beq!x View Post
    solve for x the equation :
    x+ \sqrt{a^2+x^2} = \frac{5a^2}{  a^2+b^2}
    Take x from both sides and square:

    a^2+x^2 = (\frac{5a^2}{  a^2+b^2} - x)^2 = \frac{25a^4}{(a^2+b^2)^2} - \frac{10a^2x}{a^2+b^2} + x^2

    x^2 will cancel. Rearranging gives:

    \frac{10a^2}{a^2+b^2}x = \frac{25a^4}{(a^2+b^2)^2}

    From there solve for x
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    Quote Originally Posted by beq!x View Post
    x+ \sqrt{a^2+x^2} = \frac{5a^2}{  a^2+b^2}
    here is a mistake it is not b but x, sorry.
    the right equation: x+ \sqrt{a^2+x^2} = \frac{5a^2}{  a^2+x^2}

    i have a question for e^(i*pi) : did you forget a^2 here : \frac{10a^2}{a^2+b^2}x = \frac{25a^4}{(a^2+b^2)^2}<br />
or am i wrong?
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    Subract x from both sides and then square both sides. I think that is how I would do it.
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    root questions

    if \sqrt{a^{2}+x^{2}} can we do this \sqrt{a^2} + \sqrt{x^2}= a+ x
    or what should i do ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by beq!x View Post
    if \sqrt{a^{2}+x^{2}} can we do this \sqrt{a^2} + \sqrt{x^2}= a+ x
    No, you can't!
    Last edited by mr fantastic; May 5th 2009 at 06:47 AM. Reason: Moved from another thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beq!x View Post
    if \sqrt{a^{2}+x^{2}} can we do this \sqrt{a^2} + \sqrt{x^2}= a+ x
    or what should i do ???
    Does your conjecture hold when a = 1 and x = 1? (This is called a counter-example).
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