The sum of half a number and its reciprocal is the same as 51 divided by the number. How do you find the number?

1 Answer
Jan 25, 2016

Answer:

Write an equation to represent the situation

Explanation:

#x/2# + #1/x# = #51/x#

Place on a common denominator:

#(x(x))/(2(x))# + #(1(2))/(2(x))# = #(51(2))/(2(x))#

Now you can eliminate the denominators and solve the resulting quadratic equation.

#x^2# + 2 = 102

#x^2# - 100 = 0

Solve by factoring as a difference of squares.

(x + 10)(x - 10) = 0

x = -10 and 10

The numbers are -10 and 10.

Exercises:

  1. A third of a number added to four times the number's reciprocal is equal to half the quotient of 104 and the number.