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June 4th, 2019, 08:49 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jun 2019 From: Colorado Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Order of Operations with sqrt
Looking for step by step guide of how to answer. Have a “maybe” answer but it does not look right... struggling with +/ and square root.
Last edited by skipjack; June 5th, 2019 at 08:12 AM. 
June 4th, 2019, 09:16 PM  #2 
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$x = \pm b$ just means that $x$ can be either positive $b$ or negative $b$. Similarly, $x \pm b$ just means both $x+b$ and $xb$. Starting with: $\displaystyle \frac{20 \pm \sqrt{20^{2}4(25)(4)}}{2(25)}$ $20^2 = 400$ and $4 \times 25 \times 4=400$ $\displaystyle \frac{20 \pm \sqrt{400400}}{2(25)}$ Now, the denominator, $2 \times 25 = 50$ $\displaystyle \frac{20 \pm \sqrt{400400}}{50}$ $400400 = 0$ and $\sqrt{0}=0$ $\displaystyle \frac{20 \pm 0}{50}$ Since its $\pm 0$ , adding and subtracting $0$ both do the same thing, so we will only have one $x$ value. $\displaystyle \frac{20 \pm 0}{50}=\frac{20}{50} = \frac{2}{5}$ So, we have $x=\frac{2}{5}$ P.S: This appears to be the quadratic formula for $25x^{2}+20x+4$, so now that we know the $x$ value, we know $25x^{2}+20x+4 = 0$ at $x=\frac{2}{5}$ Last edited by Greens; June 4th, 2019 at 09:17 PM. Reason: LaTeX 

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