Can anybody tell me where I have gone wrong with this please?
Substituting my calculator gives about 0.7934 for the left-hand side, which is certainly far from 1. With I get which again does not equal 1. So these solutions do not work.
On the other hand, substituting gives
so our solution is correct.
Make sure you copied the problem down correctly, and that you were looking in the right section for the solution. It is entirely possible that the book has an error; such mistakes can occur quite often, unfortunately.
That is veeery cool!
I haven't thought to check solutions that way. That could really offer peace of mind about whether one has the right answer, or not.
Actually, this text has had quite a number of errors reported. Unfortunate, but I am glad I can now check myself. It is a distance learning book and not for general publication, so I guess there are few people viewing it apart from those studying it. It must be hard to write and type up so much maths.
Thanx Reckoner - onto the next problem