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#### babcockkw

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So here is the question:
2x/7=2x^2

#### MarkFL

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Can you show what you have tried and where you are stuck?

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#### babcockkw

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Can you show what you have tried and where you are stuck?
Absolutely, I have tried to break up the right side of the equation, so that the equation looks like: 2x/7= (2x)(2x)
After this, I divided each side by 2x:
(2x/7)/2x=(2x^2)/2x
After that, I'm pretty stuck.

#### MarkFL

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The first thing I would do is observe that both sides have 2 as a factor, so I would divide through by 2. What does your equation look like now?

#### babcockkw

##### New member
The first thing I would do is observe that both sides have 2 as a factor, so I would divide through by 2. What does your equation look like now?
Starting from the beginning or where I currently have the equation?

Alright, maybe I figured it out. I got x=7. Let me explain:
2x/7=2x^2 Divide each side by two
(2x/7)/2=(2x^2)/2 simplify to:
x/7=x^2 Divide each side by x
(x/7)/x= (x^2)/x Simplify to:
7=x

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#### MarkFL

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I'm sorry, from the beginning:

$$\displaystyle \frac{2x}{7}=2x^2$$

#### babcockkw

##### New member
I'm sorry, from the beginning:

$$\displaystyle \frac{2x}{7}=2x^2$$
Alright, maybe I figured it out. I got x=7. Let me explain:
2x/7=2x^2
Divide each side by two
(2x/7)/2=(2x^2)/2
simplify to:
x/7=x^2
Divide each side by x
(x/7)/x= (x^2)/x
Simplify to:
7=x

I'm a bit confused on when you can cancel while dividing. Is it just when the top & bottom mach because they would just equal one?

#### MarkFL

Staff member
Well, $x=7$ does not work...try substituting it into the original equation and you will find:

$$\displaystyle \frac{2(7)}{7}=2(7)^2$$

$$\displaystyle 2=98$$

This is not true, so that solution must be incorrect. Also since the equation is quadratic, you should expect to find 2 solutions. When you divide through by $x$ you need to be aware that you are eliminating $x=0$ as a solution. I don't like to tell students to divide through by $x$ at this level of math, although opinions on this will vary.

So, you did correctly divide through by 2 to obtain:

$$\displaystyle \frac{x}{7}=x^2$$

Next, I suggest multiplying through by 7 to get rid of that denominator...what do you get?

#### Bacterius

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Alright, maybe I figured it out. I got x=7. Let me explain:
2x/7=2x^2
Divide each side by two
(2x/7)/2=(2x^2)/2
simplify to:
x/7=x^2
Divide each side by x
(x/7)/x= (x^2)/x
Simplify to: (mistake going from above to below)
7=x

I'm a bit confused on when you can cancel while dividing. Is it just when the top & bottom mach because they would just equal one?
[JUSTIFY]And for the record, this approach is essentially correct (with MarkFL's warning that dividing by zero implies that x is not zero, so you need to take that into account and check whether zero is in fact a solution, this often confuses students and so is not generally taught until later) but you made a mistake in your computation (in red), leading you to a wrong solution. Can you see the error?[/JUSTIFY]

#### Petrus

##### Well-known member
Hello,
This how I would solve it (I Will explain with words) When you divide by x you can think Two case cause if you type 3/0 in your calculator it Will give you 'undefined' so we can think like Two case. (Notice you got x^2 that means you Will get more Then one soloution)
case 1:
when x=0. That one is pretty simple, just replace x with 0 and look if it's true. In your equation you Will get 0=0 and that is true, that means we got à soloution when x is 0!
Case 2
when x is NOT equal to zero. That means you can divide by x post when you got soloution or need help or got any question

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