# A square root problem

#### triden

1. Homework Statement

$$s=k\sqrt{\frac{1+m}{1-m}}$$ , solve for m

2. Homework Equations

3. The Attempt at a Solution

Honestly I am stumped, but I do know there is a trick to it. I can't quite remember, but it might have something to do with taking the reciperical or the inverse...maybe the conjugate? Just need a little help getting started.

Thanks,
Chris

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#### Mark44

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Something that would be helpful is to divide both sides by k.
The equation then becomes
$$\frac{s}{k} = \sqrt{\frac{1 + m}{1 - m}}$$
Now, what operation gets rid of square roots?

#### triden

Ok, got rid of the root by squaring. Now I have this. How can I isolate the m variable?

$$\frac{s^{2}}{k^{2}} = \frac{1+m}{1-m}$$

#### Mark44

Mentor
Multiply both sides by k2, then multiply both sides by (1 - m). If you expand both sides, you should be able to rearrange things to get the terms with m on one side, and all the others on the other side.

#### Mark44

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Something you said at the beginning deserves a comment:
Honestly I am stumped, but I do know there is a trick to it.
There are probably a few occasions where solving an equation requires some trick that you have to know, but most of the time it's done by plain old mathematical understanding.

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