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Solving an equation for y

  1. Nov 17, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am supposed to solve this equation for y.

    2. Relevant equations
    0=-(x+0.91)/(y^2+(x+0.91)^2 )+ (x-0.91)/(y^2+(x-0.91)^2)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I moved one of the terms to the other side and saw no way to get the solution doing that so then I got a CD by doing this:

    [ (x+.91)(y^2 + (x-0.91)^2) - (x-0.91)(y^2+(x+0.91)^2) ] / [ (y^2 + (x+0.91)^2) (y^2 + (x-0.91)^2 ]

    Then expanded

    {xy^2 + x(x+0.91)^2 - 0.91y^2 + 0.91(x+0.91)^2 - [xy^2 +x(x+0.91)^2 - 0.91y^2 - 0.91(x+0.91)^2]} / [y^22 + y^2(x+0.91)^2 + y^2(x-0.91)^2 + (x+0.91)^2*(x-0.91)^2]

    I don't really think expanding helps at all but I didn't know what else to so cause I didn't see a solution from the earlier eqn.

    Any suggestions?
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  3. Nov 17, 2014 #2


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    Yes. First suggestion is call ##a=.91##. Second is to use tex and write it as$$
    \frac{x+a}{y^2+(x+a)^2}=\frac {x-a}{y^2+(x-a)^2}$$Now invert both sides and you should be able to solve it for ##y^2##.
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