Cube both sides:
Equating coefficients, we find and . Looking quickly, I realize that if , the system of equations is solved. Hence,
For the next one, do the same thing:
Square both sides:
Equating coefficients, we have and
Let's solve for in the equation on the right: (we know because otherwise, ).
Plugging that into the first equation:
Hence, or . Since must be a rational number, it cannot be the first one, so . Then .
Before, we found . So, if , then . If , then .
Checking on a calculator, you find it is .
By looking at it again I am not entirely sure how you realised that x=y=1 in your first answer?
Also, which computer package allows you to write all the formulas?
The second way to resolve it is quite good. Very simple. Makes me feel a bit stupid
For formatting the formulas, just click Reply With Quote on my post above to see the formatting. It is built into the forum. You can download it if you want to type up homework. It is called LaTeX. I personally use TeXclipse (a package for Eclipse). But that is because I like Eclipse for software development, as well.