How does this math problem have two answers? x^2-81=-17

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Noah G Share
Feb 9, 2018

We start by putting all terms to one side of the equal sign:

#x^2 - 81 + 17 = 0#

#x^2 - 64= 0#

Note that #(a- b)(a + b) = a^2 - b^2#. This is called the *difference of squares * identity. Therefore, we can rewrite the equation as

#(x + 8)(x - 8) = 0#

We can now see that if #x= +8# or #x= -8#, the equation will hold true.

We can also confirm graphically. If we trace the parabola #y_1 = x^2 - 64#, the x-intercepts will be the solution to #0 = x^2 -64#. Let's check:

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Therefore, our answer is correct.

Hopefully this helps!

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The highest power is 2.

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Because x has a maximum power of 2, there will be 2 answers. if it were 3, there could be up to 3 answers, etc.

While solving this problem, you gather all terms on one side so the equation looks like

#x^2-81+17=0#

#x^2-64=0#

then factor

#(x-8)(x+8) = 0 #

then, because any number times 0 equals 0, we know that one of the two parts in the parenthesis must be equal to 0, so

#x-8=0# or #x+8=0#

and so the two answers #x=8,-8 # come to be.

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