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# Solving quadratics by taking square roots: strategy

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Use the cards below to create
a list of steps in order that will solve the
following equation. 3 times x plus 6
squared is equal to 75. And I encourage you to
pause this video now and try to figure it out on your own. Figure out which of these
steps and in what order you would do to
solve for x here. So I'm assuming
you've given it a go. So let's try to work
through it together. And first, let me just
rewrite the equation. So we have 3 times the
quantity x plus 6 squared is equal to 75. So what I want to do is I want
to isolate the x plus 6 squared on the left-hand side. Or another way of
thinking about it-- I don't want this
3 here anymore. So how would I
get rid of that 3? Well, I could divide
the left-hand side by 3. But if I do that to only
one side of the equation, it won't be equal anymore. These two things in yellow
were equal to each other. If I want the equalities
to hold, anything that I do to the
left-hand side, I have to do the right-hand side. So let me divide
that by 3 as well. And so on the
left-hand side, I am left with x plus 6 squared
is equal to 75 divided by 3. So 75 divided by 3 is 25. So actually, let me just
pick out the first one I did. I divided both sides by 3. So that was my first step then. Let me write that
in a darker color. So that was my first
step right over there. Now let's think about
what we're doing. We're saying that something
squared is equal to 25. So this something could be
the positive or negative square root of 25. So we could write
this as x plus 6 is equal to the plus or
minus square root of 25. So I'm essentially taking
the positive and negative square root of both sides. So, let's see. This looks like this step. I took the square
root of both sides. That's step number two. And so, let me
just rewrite this. This is the same thing as x plus
6 is equal to plus or minus 5. And now I want to just have
an x on the left-hand side. I want to solve for x. That's the goal
from the beginning. So I would like to
get rid of this 6. Well, the easiest
way to do that is to subtract 6 from
the left-hand side. But just like
before, I can't just do it from one side
of an equation. Then the equality
wouldn't be true. We're literally
saying that x plus 6 is equal to plus or minus 5. So x plus 6 minus
6 is going to be equal to plus or
minus 5 minus 6. Or actually, let me
write it this way. So let me subtract
6 from both sides. On the left-hand side,
I'm left with an x. And on the right-hand side,
I could write it this way. Let me do it in
that green color. I have negative 6
plus or minus 5. So what are the
possible values of x? Or actually, I keep forgetting. We don't have to actually
give the value for x. We just have to say
what steps we did. So then, let's see. After we took the square
root of both sides, we then subtracted
6 from both sides. So that was step three
right over there. Then that got us to essentially
the two possible x's that would satisfy this
equation right over here. And just for fun, let's
actually solve it all the way. So if we solve it all the way,
so x is equal to negative 6 plus 5 is negative 1, or x is
equal to negative 6 minus 5 is negative 11. And you could verify
that both of these work. If you put either of them in
here-- if you put negative 1 here, you get negative 1
plus 6 squared is 5 squared. If you put negative 11 here,
it's negative 11 plus 6 is negative 5 squared. Obviously either plus or minus
5 squared is going to be 25. 25 times 3 is 75. So these are our three steps. We divided both sides by 3. Then we took the square
root of both sides. Then we subtracted
6 from both sides. And then we were
essentially done. So let's input those steps. So the first thing we did,
we divide both sides by 3. That's the first thing we did. And then we took the
square root of both sides. And then we subtracted
6 from both sides. We got it right.