# Homework Help: Algebra: is this solvable?

1. Apr 6, 2006

### scavok

http://home.comcast.net/~andykovacs/equation.GIF [Broken]

g is a constant. I need to find theta.

Is there some trick I can do to cancel out the denominator in the root?

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2. Apr 6, 2006

### arildno

Hint:
Set
$$y=\sqrt{\sin\theta}$$

and see what type of equation you get for y.

3. Apr 6, 2006

### HallsofIvy

No, you can't cancel- but you can square. I would first divide the entire equation by $g sin(\theta)$ to get
$$\frac{20}{g sin(\theta)}= \frac{14}{g sin(\theta)}+ \sqrt{\frac{14}{g sin(\theta)}}+ 8.41$$
I would even write it as
$$\frac{10}{7}\frac{14}{g sin(\theta)}= \frac{14}{g sin(\theta)}+ \sqrt{\frac{14}{g sin(\theta)}}+ 8.41$$
because then I can let $y= \frac{14}{g sin(\theta)}$ and have
$$\frac{10}{7}y= y+ \sqrt{y}+ 8.41$$
That gives
$$\frac{3}{7}y- 8.41= \sqrt{y}$$
Square on both sides:
$$(\frac{9}{49}y- 8.41)^2= y[/itex] Solve that quadratic equation for y and then solve [tex] y= \frac{14}{g sin(\theta)}$$
for $\theta$.

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4. Apr 6, 2006

### scavok

Do you get y=-11.2432 and y=-1.0611 after solving the quadratic equation? If so then I probably screwed up with the physics.