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Steps to solve this system of equations: $\sqrt{x}+y=7$, $\sqrt{y}+x=11$

I want to solve this system of equations, I have been out of Maths for a long!! $$\sqrt{x}+y=7$$ $$\sqrt{y}+x=11$$ Just wondering easiest step to find values for $x$ and $y$ from the above ...
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Proving the AM-GM inequality for 2 numbers $\sqrt{xy}\le\frac{x+y}2$

I am having trouble with this problem from my latest homework. Prove the arithmetic-geometric mean inequality. That is, for two positive real numbers $x,y$, we have $$ \sqrt{xy}≤ \frac{x+y}{2} .$$ ...
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Equation with high exponents

I would appreciate any help with this problem: $ x^8+2x^7+2x^6+5x^5+3x^4+5x^3+2x^2+2x^1+1x^0=0 $ I know that when $x$ isn't zero $x^0=1$ so the equation could be re-written as $ x^8+2x^7+2x^6+5x^5+3x^...
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What does $2^x$ really mean when $x$ is not an integer?

We all know that $2^5$ means $2\times 2\times 2\times 2\times 2 = 32$, but what does $2^\pi$ mean? How is it possible to calculate that without using a calculator? I am really curious about this, so ...
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Strategies to denest nested radicals.

I have recently read some passage about nested radicals, I'm deeply impressed by them. Simple nested radicals $\sqrt{2+\sqrt{2}}$,$\sqrt{3-2\sqrt{2}}$ which the later can be denested into $1-\sqrt{2}$....
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Why is ${x^{\frac{1}{2}}}$ the same as $\sqrt x $?

Why is ${x^{\frac{1}{2}}}$ the same as $\sqrt x $? I'm currently studying indices/exponents, and this is a law that I was told to accept without much proof or explanation, could someone explain the ...
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How does one actually show from associativity that one can drop parentheses?

I've always heard this reasoning, and it makes obvious sense, but how do you actually show it for some arbitrary product? Would it be something like this? $$(a(b(cd)))e=((ab)(cd))e=(((ab)c)d)e=abcde?$...
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Factorize the polynomial $x^3+y^3+z^3-3xyz$

I want to factorize the polynomial $x^3+y^3+z^3-3xyz$. Using Mathematica I find that it equals $(x+y+z)(x^2+y^2+z^2-xy-yz-zx)$. But how can I factorize it by hand?
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Range scaling problem

I have a few ranges which I want to scale but I'm missing the formula (and common sense). For example I have a scale range from 40 to 100, but I want my data to range from 0 - 100. What formula do I ...
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Is there any “superlogarithm” or something to solve $x^x$? [duplicate]

Is there any "superlogarithm" or something to solve an equation like this: $$x^x = 10?$$
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Simple Proof by induction: “9 divides $n^3 + (n+1)^3 + (n+2)^3$”

I'm trying to prove using induction that 9 divides $n^3 + (n+1)^3 + (n+2)^3$ whenever $n$ is a non-negative integer. So far, I have: Base case: P(1) = (1) + (8) + (27) = 36, 36 can be divided by 9 ...
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Pedagogy: How to cure students of the “law of universal linearity”?

One of the commonest mistakes made by students, appearing at every level of maths education up to about early undergraduate, is the so-called “Law of Universal Linearity”: $$ \frac{1}{a+b} \mathrel{\...
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Direct Proof that $1 + 3 + 5 + \cdots+ (2n - 1) = n\cdot n$

Prove that for all integers $n$, $n \geq 1$, $$1 + 3 + 5 + \cdots + (2n - 1) = n\cdot n$$ How would I go about proving this?
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Is there any geometric way to characterize $e$?

Let me explain it better: after this question, I've been looking for a way to put famous constants in the real line in a geometrical way -- just for fun. Putting $\sqrt2$ is really easy: constructing ...
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How to solve $4\sin \theta +3\cos \theta = 5$

Another problem that I already wasted hours on. Given $$4\sinθ +3\cosθ = 5$$ Find $$4\cosθ -3\sinθ$$ Help me guys (PS:I'm not that good in maths)
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How to prove $\sum\limits_{r=0}^n \frac{(-1)^r}{r+1}\binom{n}{r} = \frac1{n+1}$?

Other than the general inductive method,how could we show that $$\sum_{r=0}^n \frac{(-1)^r}{r+1}\binom{n}{r} = \frac1{n+1}$$ Apart from induction,I tried with Wolfram Alpha to check the validity,but ...
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Is there a name for this strange solution to a quadratic equation involving a square root?

Here's an elementary question on solving the following quadratic equation (well, it's not a quadratic until the square root is eliminated): $$\sqrt{x+5} + 1 = x$$ Upon solving the above equation ...
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Simplifying $\sqrt[4]{161-72 \sqrt{5}}$

$$\sqrt[4]{161-72 \sqrt{5}}$$ I tried to solve this as follows: the resultant will be in the form of $a+b\sqrt{5}$ since 5 is a prime and has no other factors other than 1 and itself. Taking this ...
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Is there any formula for the series $1 + \frac12 + \frac13 + \cdots + \frac 1 n = ?$

Is there any formula for this series? $$1 + \frac12 + \frac13 + \cdots + \frac 1 n .$$
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Formula for calculating $\sum_{n=0}^{m}nr^n$

I want to know the general formula for $\sum_{n=0}^{m}nr^n$ for some constant r and how it is derived. For example, when r = 2, the formula is given by: $\sum_{n=0}^{m}n2^n = 2(m2^m - 2^m +1)$ ...
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Geometric mean never exceeds arithmetic mean

This was a mathematical induction question proposed in a textbook, and I've exhausted multiple approaches (proving RHS - LHS > 0, splitting the fraction, fractional exponents, etc.) The geometric ...
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I need some advice for $ \; “ \; 3xy+y-6x-2=0 \;”\, $

PS: I edited the title again and I think, it's better now... :) Actually, almost the whole solving way is wrong but, I understood why... :D :) You can check that or add some more useful links about ...
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Find all real numbers $x$ for which $\frac{8^x+27^x}{12^x+18^x}=\frac76$

Find all real numbers $x$ for which $$\frac{8^x+27^x}{12^x+18^x}=\frac76$$ I have tried to fiddle with it as follows: $$2^{3x} \cdot 6 +3^{3x} \cdot 6=12^x \cdot 7+18^x \cdot 7$$ $$ 3 \cdot 2^{3x+1}...
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How to figure out the log of a number without a calculator?

I have seen people look at log (several digit number) and rattle off the first couple of digits. I can get the value for small values (aka the popular or easy to know roots), but is there a formula. ...
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Is it wrong to say $ \sqrt{x} \times \sqrt{x} =\pm x,\forall x \in \mathbb{R}$?

Is it wrong to say $$ \sqrt{x} \times \sqrt{x} =\sqrt{x^2}= \pm x$$ I am quite sure that $\sqrt{(x)^2} = \pm(x)$ But, does $\sqrt{x } \times \sqrt{x} =- (x)$ doesn't holds in $\mathbb{R}$ but if we ...
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Create polynomial coefficients from its roots

Given some roots : $r_1,r_2,\ldots,r_n$, how can we reconstruct polynomial coefficients? I know the Horner scheme and that we can just go backwards receiving those coefficients. But I'm curious if ...
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Solve trigonometric equation: $1 = m \; \text{cos}(\alpha) + \text{sin}(\alpha)$

Dealing with a physics Problem I get the following equation to solve for $\alpha$ $1 = m \; \text{cos}(\alpha) + \text{sin}(\alpha)$ Putting this in Mathematica gives the result: $a==2 \text{ArcTan}...
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Find the sum : $\frac{1}{\cos0^\circ\cos1^\circ}+\frac{1}{\cos1^\circ \cos2^\circ} +\frac{1}{\cos2^\circ \cos3^\circ}+…+$

Find the sum of the following : (i) $$\frac{1}{\cos0^\circ \cos1^\circ}+\frac{1}{\cos1^\circ\cos2^\circ} +\frac{1}{\cos2^\circ \cos3^\circ}+......+\frac{1}{\cos88^\circ \cos89^\circ}$$ I tried : $$...
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Solve $2^{x}=x^{2}$

I've been asked to solve this and I've tried a few things but I have trouble eliminating x. I first tried taking the natural log: $x\ln \left( 2\right) =2\ln \left( x\right) $ $\dfrac {\ln \left( 2\...
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Polynomial $p(a) = 1$, why does it have at most 2 integer roots?

The question that I am trying to answer is : Suppose is $p(x)$ is a polynomial with integer coefficients. Show that if $p(a) = 1$ for some integer a then $p(x)$ has at most two integer roots. I have ...
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Proof of the formula $1+x+x^2+x^3+ \cdots +x^n =\frac{x^{n+1}-1}{x-1}$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Value of $\sum x^n$ Proof to the formula $$1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n = \frac{x^{n+1}-1}{x-1}.$$
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How to factor the quadratic polynomial $2x^2-5xy-y^2$?

How do I factor this polynomial: $2x^2-5xy-y^2$ ?
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How to solve $\sin x +\cos x = 1$?

No matter how I do it, I always end up with $x = 0, 90, 270$ and $360$. All of those except $270$ is right, but I can't quite figure out how to get the $270$ degrees out of the answer. I've tried ...
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Prove the inequality $|xy|\leq\frac{1}{2}(x^2+y^2)$

How can I prove the inequality $|xy|\leq\frac{1}{2}(x^2+y^2)$ I have tried substitute $x,y$ for numbers, which turns out right, but I don't know how to reason here. Thanks in advance!
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Product of cosines: $ \prod_{r=1}^{7} \cos \left(\frac{r\pi}{15}\right) $

Evaluate $$ \prod_{r=1}^{7} \cos \left({\dfrac{r\pi}{15}}\right) $$ I tried trigonometric identities of product of cosines, i.e, $$\cos\text{A}\cdot\cos\text{B} = \dfrac{1}{2}[ \cos(A+B)+\...
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Fibonacci number identity.

How do I see that $f_{n+1}f_{n-1} = f_n^2 + (-1)^n$, $n \ge 2$, where $f_1 = 1$, $f_2 = 1$, and $f_{n+2} = f_{n+1} + f_n$ for $n \in \mathbb{N}$?
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Can a finite sum of square roots be an integer?

Can a sum of a finite number of square roots of integers be an integer? If yes can a sum of two square roots of integers be an integer? The square roots need to be irrational.
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Can the square root of a real number be negative?

Can the square root of a real number be negative? Dealing with the questions of functions in eleventh class my maths teacher says that square root of a real number is always positive. How is it ...
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How to prove $(f \circ\ g) ^{-1} = g^{-1} \circ\ f^{-1}$?

I'm doing exercise on discrete mathematics and I'm stuck with question: If $f:Y\to Z$ is an invertible function, and $g:X\to Y$ is an invertible function, then the inverse of the composition $(f \...
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What is the standard interpretation of order of operations for the basic arithmetic operations?

What is the standard interpretation of the order of operations for an expression involving some combination of grouping symbols, exponentiation, radicals, multiplication, division, addition, and ...
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Direct formula for area of a triangle formed by three lines, given their equations in the cartesian plane.

I read this formula in some book but it didn't provide a proof so I thought someone on this website could figure it out. What it says is: If we consider 3 non-concurrent, non parallel lines ...
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Given that $x^y=y^x$, what could $x$ and $y$ be?

It's not too difficult to figure out that $x$ and $y$ can both be 1, and also $x$ can be 2 and $y$ can be 4 (and vice versa). But I can't rule out if there are other solutions. Does it have anything ...
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Algorithms for “solving” $\sqrt{2}$

The very first words out of my mouth need to be this... "Solving" is the wrong term since I am speaking about irrational numbers. I just don't know which word is the correct word... So that can be ...
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Number of surjective functions from A to B

Am I on the right track? I am not sure about my reasoning... Number of surjective functions from $A$ to $B$ $$A = \{1,2,3,4\} ; B = \{a,b,c\}$$ We must count the surjective functions, meaning the ...
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find extreme values of $\frac{2x}{x²+4}$

I am doing my homework like a good little boy. I know that when I want to find the extreme values of a function I have to put the derivative equal to zero so I can find the x values. I've done it ...
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Establishing formula from recurrence

Can anyone tell me how do we establish a formula from a given recurrence relation? Take the example of $f(n) = 2f(n-1) + 1$, $n \in \mathbb{Z^+}$, $f(1) = 1$ When I write out the first few values, it ...
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Simple algebra question - proving $a^2+b^2 \geqslant 2ab$ [duplicate]

How to prove that $$a^2+b^2 \geqslant 2ab$$ is true, where $a$ and $b$ are both real numbers?
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Given 4 integers, $a, b, c, d > 0$, does $\frac{a}{b} < \frac{c}{d}$ imply $\frac{a}{b} < \frac{a+c}{b+d} < \frac{c}{d}$?

We were trying to come up with an easy way to generate a rational number in between two existing rational numbers with a fairly low numerator and denominator (the way we were doing this earlier was to ...
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Three-variable system of simultaneous equations

$x + y + z = 4$ $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 4$ $x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = 4$ Any ideas on how to solve for $(x,y,z)$ satisfying the three simultaneous equations, provided there can be both real and complex ...
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Equality holds in triangle inequality iff both numbers are positive, both are negative or one is zero

How do we show that equality holds in the triangle inequality $|a+b|=|a|+|b|$ iff both numbers are positive, both are negative or one is zero? I already showed that equality holds when one of the ...