# Find two positive integers $x$ and $y$ such ...

Find two positive integers $x$ and $y$ such

$$\sqrt{69+20\sqrt{11}}=\sqrt{x}+\sqrt{y}$$

I have worked intensively with this task but I really can't find a solution to this problem. I hope that I can get a hint here.

• Square both sides. You will have some terms with roots in and some terms without. Equate the terms without roots (linear equation in x and y). Equate the terms with roots - see if you can then reduce it to xy = 1100. Combined with the linear equation to give a quadratic for x and so on...
– Paul
Nov 10, 2014 at 14:27

$$69 + 20 \sqrt{ 11 } = x + y + 2\sqrt{ x y }$$ Can you develop a simultaneous set of equations?
Squaring both sides yields $$\begin{array}{rrcl}&69+20\sqrt{11}&=&x+2\sqrt{xy}+y \\\implies &69+2\sqrt{1100}&=&(x+y)+2\sqrt{xy}\end{array}$$ If you compare both sides you can see that a good candidate is a pair $(x,y)$ such that $$\begin{cases}x+y=69 \\ xy=1100\end{cases}$$ From these equations you can deduce that $$x(69-x)=1100 \implies x^2-69x+1100=0 \implies(x-44)(x-25)=0$$ which gives $x=44$ or $x=25$. Substituting $x$ in the above equation yields two possible solutions $$(x,y)=(44,25) \qquad \text{ or } \qquad (x,y)=(25,44)$$
• First implication, $69 + 20\sqrt{11} = 69 + 2\sqrt{1100}$ or I didn't understand something... Nov 10, 2014 at 14:36