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Homework Help: Question about exponents

  1. Sep 25, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How do you solve this probem for E:

    E + sqrt(aE) = b

    where 'a' and 'b' are constants.

    I don't recall how to handle the exponents where you have E + aE^1/2 = b and solve for E.
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  3. Sep 25, 2008 #2


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    Rewrite it as sqrt(aE)=b-E. Now square both sides. It's a quadratic equation in E.
  4. Sep 25, 2008 #3
    Thank you.
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