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Stupid simplification question

  1. Oct 19, 2011 #1
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/809/equationu.png/



    I'm not understand this simple step.



    Btw, this isn't technically a homework question so I think it should be fine posting it here.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Oct 19, 2011 #2

    Char. Limit

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    Let [itex]u=\alpha^2[/itex] and then solve for u via the quadratic formula. It'll come out plain as day.
     
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