NEED understanding, binomial squares

• slmarais
In summary, the given equation x^2 = 2/11x + 99/121 can be transformed into a perfect square trinomial by adding (1/11)^2 to both sides. The resulting equation is (x-1/11)^2 = 100/121, which can then be solved using the quadratic formula or by taking the square root of both sides. The solutions for x are 1 and -9/11.
slmarais

Homework Statement

x^2 = 2/11x + 99/121

The Attempt at a Solution

x^2 = 2/11 x + 99/121
x^2 - 2/11x - 99/121 = 0
x^2 - 2/11x =99/121

I understand that (b/2)^2 must be added to each side to become a perfect square trinomial...But HOW I do it is where I am stuck..I am suppper math challenged...please help!

Back-track by one step to: x^2 - 2/11x - 99/121 = 0, which you really should represent in some clearer way, since you really mean: x2 - $$\frac{2x}{11}$$ - $$\frac{99}{121}$$=0.

Next, multiply both sides by 121, because this is 112. This gives you a trinomial of the left side which may be easier to work with. You can either try factoring it, or use general solution to quadratic formula. Not sure if it is factorable; just try first to find out.

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I understand that (b/2)^2 must be added to each side to become a perfect square trinomia

Note that when solving the given equation $$x^2 - 2/11x - 99/121 = 0$$, you will not be able to represent it as a perfect square trinomial, since the definition of a perfect square trinomial $$x^2 \pm 2ax + a^2 = (x \pm a)^2$$ tell us that the sign of $$a^2$$ (which is $$\frac{-99}{121}$$ in your case) must be positive, but it is negative in the equation you're trying to solve.
So when you factor your equation you'll get an equation $$(x+a)(x-b)$$, i.e two values of x.

p.s If it is not obvious, $$\frac{99}{121} = \frac{9}{11}$$. So multiply your equation only by $$11$$, or you can just go ahead, choose the easiest!

Firstly pretty likely the middle term should have been written 2x/11 or (2/11)x.
Because that gives neat simple answer, otherwise you have got a cubic.

I would rather keep the last term as (9X11)/(11X11)

Can you think of any way involving 9/11 and `11/11 to somehow get -2/11??

Factoring did not help, so I tried directly using solution to quadratic equation. The result was complex. Anyone else try but find Real instead? Maybe my mistake?

The unrefined form I found was:

$$\frac{22\pm\sqrt{-3872}}{22}$$

No, the two solutions are both real (and rational, for that matter).
$$x^{2} = \frac{2}{11}x + \frac{99}{121}$$

$$x^{2} {-} \frac{2}{11}x = \frac{99}{121}$$

Yes, you need to find $$\left( \frac{b}{2}\right)^{2}$$. Since b is $$\frac{2}{11}$$, half of that is $$\frac{1}{11}$$, and squaring that result gives you $$\frac{1}{121}$$.

So, add that to both sides...
$$x^{2} {-} \frac{2}{11}x + \frac{1}{121} = \frac{99}{121} + \frac{1}{121}$$

$$x^{2} {-} \frac{2}{11}x + \frac{1}{121} = \frac{100}{121}$$

The left side is now a perfect square trinomial, and the right side is a perfect square. Can you take it from there?01

The reported result in my post #5 in fact was based on a sign error so my answer was wrong. The original equation transforms to x^2 - (2/11)x - (99/121) = 0.

Clearing the fraction denominator transforms to 11x^2 - 22x - 99 = 0.

Resorting directly to the solution of a quadratic equation formula gives after simplifying,
x = 1 +/- (10)^(1/2)
OR
x = 1 $$\pm$$ $$\sqrt{10}$$

The solution is both Real and Irrational.

THANK YOU YEONGIL SOOOO MUCH! I think I've finally grasped it!
Thank you everyone!

x^2 = 2/11x + 1/121 = 100/121
(x - 1/11)² = 100/121
x - 1/11 = ± 10/11
x = (1 ± 10)/11
( 1, - 9/11)

slmarais said:
THANK YOU YEONGIL SOOOO MUCH! I think I've finally grasped it!
Thank you everyone!

x^2 = 2/11x + 1/121 = 100/121
(x - 1/11)² = 100/121
x - 1/11 = ± 10/11
x = (1 ± 10)/11
( 1, - 9/11)

Seemingly very good. I found another mistake in my work, this time (yielding post #7), was a multiplication mistake. I transformed into the wrong equation. Enough Done! Fine work, yeongil.

I believe the method I suggested in #4 of factorising

x2 - x.2/11 + 99/121

= x2 - x.2/11 + (9 X 11)/(11 X 11)

= (x - 11/11)(x + 9/11)

= (x - 1)(x + 9/11)

is called 'by inspection'.

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What is NEED understanding?

NEED understanding is a concept that refers to the ability to comprehend and analyze a problem or situation in order to find a solution. It involves critical thinking, problem-solving, and logical reasoning.

What are binomial squares?

Binomial squares are expressions that contain two terms, each raised to a power. They are commonly used in algebra and involve multiplying the two terms and then squaring the result.

Why is it important to understand NEED understanding?

Understanding NEED understanding is important because it helps individuals develop critical thinking skills, which are essential for success in various fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

How do you solve binomial squares?

To solve binomial squares, you can use the FOIL method, which stands for First, Outer, Inner, Last. This involves multiplying the first terms, then the outer terms, then the inner terms, and finally the last terms. Then, combine like terms and simplify the expression.

What is the difference between NEED understanding and rote memorization?

NEED understanding involves actively thinking and analyzing a problem, while rote memorization is simply memorizing information without truly understanding it. NEED understanding is a more effective and long-lasting learning method as it allows individuals to apply their knowledge to new situations.

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