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**10.6 Solving Equations with Radicals**

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**Solve radical equations by using the power rule.**

Objective 1 Solve radical equations by using the power rule. Slide

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**Power Rule for Solving an Equation with Radicals**

Solve radical equations by using the power rule. Power Rule for Solving an Equation with Radicals If both sides of an equation are raised to the same power, all solutions of the original equation are also solutions of the new equation. The power rule does not say that all solutions of the new equation are solutions of the original equation. They may or may not be. Solutions that do not satisfy the original equation are called extraneous solutions. They must be rejected. When the power rule is used to solve an equation, every solution of the new equation must be checked in the original equation. Slide

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**Solve CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 1 Using the Power Rule Solution: Check: True**

Since 3 satisfies the original equation, the solution set is {3}. Slide

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**Solving an Equation with Radicals**

Solve radical equations by using the power rule. Solving an Equation with Radicals Step 1 Isolate the radical. Make sure that one radical term is alone on one side of the equation. Step 2 Apply the power rule. Raise each side of the equation to a power that is the same as the index of the radical. Step 3 Solve the resulting equation; if it still contains a radical, repeat Steps 1 and 2. Step 4 Check all proposed solutions in the original equation. Slide

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**Solve CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 2 Using the Power Rule Solution:**

The equation has no solution, because the square root of a real number must be nonnegative. The solution set is . Slide

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**Solve radical equations that require additional steps.**

Objective 2 Solve radical equations that require additional steps. Slide

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**Solve CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 3 Using the Power Rule (Squaring a Binomial)**

Solution: Step 1 The radical is alone on the left side of the equation. Step 2 Square both sides. Step 3 The new equation is quadratic, so get 0 on one side. Slide

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**Using the Power Rule (Squaring a Binomial) (cont’d)**

CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 3 Using the Power Rule (Squaring a Binomial) (cont’d) Step 4 Check each proposed solution in the original equation. False True The solution set is {1}. The other proposed solution, – 4, is extraneous. Slide

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**Solve CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 4 Using the Power Rule (Squaring a Binomial)**

Solution: Step 1 The radical is alone on the left side of the equation. Step 2 Square both sides. Step 3 The new equation is quadratic, so get 0 on one side. Slide

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**Using the Power Rule (Squaring a Binomial) (cont’d)**

CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 4 Using the Power Rule (Squaring a Binomial) (cont’d) Step 4 Check each proposed solution in the original equation. True False The solution set of the original equation is {0}. Slide

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**Solve CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 5 Using the Power Rule (Squaring Twice)**

Solution: Square both sides. Isolate the remaining radical. Square both sides. Apply the exponent rule (ab)2 = a2b2. Slide

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**Using the Power Rule (Squaring Twice) (cont’d)**

CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 5 Using the Power Rule (Squaring Twice) (cont’d) Check: x = 3 Check: x = 1 False The solution set is { 1}. True Slide

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**Solve radical equations with indexes greater than 2.**

Objective 3 Solve radical equations with indexes greater than 2. Slide

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**Solve CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 6**

Using the Power Rule for a Power Greater Than 2 Solve Solution: Cube both sides. Check: The solution set is {9}. True Slide

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**Use the power rule to solve a formula for a specified variable.**

Objective 4 Use the power rule to solve a formula for a specified variable. Slide

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**Solve the formula for R. CLASSROOM EXAMPLE 7**

Solving a Formula from Electronics for a Variable Solve the formula for R. Solution: Slide

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