a) What is the solution to the equation?



b) What is the extraneous solution? Why?



c) In general, what is an extraneous solution?




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 Apr 24, 2021

Equation is   \(x+2={\sqrt{3x+10}}\)


a) First of all, squaring both sides




⇒ \(x^2+3x-2x-6=0\)



∴ x = -3 or 2



b) Here we can't have \({\sqrt{3x+10}}<0\)

∵ Any value  \(x<{-10 \over 3}\)  is extraneous. 


∴ Squaring both sides in  \({\sqrt {3x+10}}=x\)



⇒ \((x-5)(x+2)=0 \)

\(x=5\) or \(-2\)


1st case : Putting x=5 in eq.                          2nd case: Putting x=-2 in eq. 

\({\sqrt{3(5)+10}} = 5\)                                       \({\sqrt{3(-2)+10}}=(-2)^2\)

⇒ \(5=5\)                                                     ⇒ \(2≠-2\)


∴ x = 5 is the extraneous solution. 



c) An extraneous solution is a solution that's evolved from the process of solving of the equation but its not a valid solution to the equation. You know, they are those "extra answers" that we get while solving the problem and they may not necessarily be valid



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 Apr 24, 2021

This is perfect, thank you so much for the detailed explanation! I appreciate it :)

Corduroy  Apr 24, 2021

You're very welcome! :D 

amygdaleon305  Apr 24, 2021

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