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x^2 - 8x + 11 = 0

solve. using quadratic formula it is 4 +/- root5

second part confuses me, you are given to equation:

y - 8y^(1/2) + 11 = 0

and are told to :

solve this giving answer in form p +/- Q * root5

i have no idea how to do this. the quadratic formula doesn't work on this one and i don't understand how part 1 of this question helps me with this part, can someone explain it to me please.!? thanks