How do you solve #25x^2-64#?

1 Answer
Jun 28, 2015

Answer:

This is a difference of squares:

#25x^2-64 = (5x)^2 - 8^2 = (5x-8)(5x+8)#

So the roots of #25x^2-64 = 0# are #8/5# and #-8/5#

Explanation:

Any difference of squares is of the form #a^2-b^2 = (a-b)(a+b)#

In our case #a = 5x# and #b=8#, giving:

#25x^2-64 = (5x)^2 - 8^2#

#=a^2 - b^2#

#=(a-b)(a+b)#

#= (5x-8)(5x+8)#