hi, i've got the question

$\displaystyle x^2 - x - 1 = 0$

my answer was $\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt (0.75)$

but the books answer is $\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt (5) frac(2)$

could someone please show me a step by step way of coming to this answer
thanks

ps that last bit was supposed to be the square root sign with the 5 to the right of it, then a division bar beneath them and a 2 underneath that, if someone could tell me how to write that properly that would be appreciated too

2. Originally Posted by mark
hi, i've got the question

$\displaystyle x^2 - x - 1 = 0$

my answer was $\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt (0.75)$

but the books answer is $\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt (5) frac(2)$

could someone please show me a step by step way of coming to this answer
thanks

ps that last bit was supposed to be the square root sign with the 5 to the right of it, then a division bar beneath them and a 2 underneath that, if someone could tell me how to write that properly that would be appreciated too
$\displaystyle x^2 - x -1 =0$

$\displaystyle x^2 - x = 1$

$\displaystyle (x-\frac{1}{2})^2 - \frac{1}{4} = 1$

You should be able to solve it from there. Also recall that $\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{a}}{\sqrt{b}} = \sqrt{\frac{a}{b}}$ and also $\displaystyle \sqrt{\frac{a}{c^2}} = \frac{\sqrt{a}}{c}$

3. Originally Posted by mark
but the books answer is $\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt (5) frac(2)$

ps that last bit was supposed to be the square root sign with the 5 to the right of it, then a division bar beneath them and a 2 underneath that, if someone could tell me how to write that properly that would be appreciated too

$$x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt (5) frac(2)$$

and what you want is

$$x = 0.5 \pm \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}$$

which looks like

$\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}$

Fractions are written with \frac{N}{D}, where N is the numerator and D is the denominator.

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4. i'm still not sure i understand, i'll show my method of figuring it out and hopefully someone will tell me where i went wrong with the equation $\displaystyle x^2 - x - 1 = 0$

i started by putting it like this $\displaystyle (x - 0.5)^2 - 0.75 = 0$ because $\displaystyle -0.5^2$ is -0.25 and then you minus another .75 to get to the original -1 then you turn the equation into $\displaystyle (x - 0.5)^2 = 0.75$ then $\displaystyle (x - 0.5) = \pm\sqrt{0.75}$ then $\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt {0.75}$

5. Hi

i started by putting it like this $\displaystyle (x - 0.5)^2 - 1.25 = 0$ because $\displaystyle (-0.5)^2$ is +0.25 and then you minus another 1.25
to get to the original -1 then you turn the equation into $\displaystyle (x - 0.5)^2 = 1.25$ then $\displaystyle (x - 0.5) = \pm\sqrt{1.25}$ then $\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt {1.25}$
$\displaystyle x = 0.5 \pm \sqrt {1.25} = \frac12 \pm \sqrt {\frac54} = \frac12 \pm \frac{\sqrt {5}}{2}$

6. ah i see i made a bit of a stupid mistake there, thanks