The question is $22= 2 + 5(5m - 11)^{1/2}$ so to try to solve this I first subtracted 2 and than divided by 5. than you get $4 = (5 m - 11)^{1/2}$

$$4 = \sqrt{5 m -11}$$

so$$16= 5m -11$$ or $$16+11=5m$$ or $$27 = 5 m$$ This cannot work

  • $\begingroup$ So $m$ is a fraction, what is wrong with that? Also, is it a cube root or a square root? $\endgroup$ – imranfat Sep 30 '15 at 1:21
  • $\begingroup$ Ohh i see what i did wrong thanks $\endgroup$ – MATH ASKER Sep 30 '15 at 1:23

Notice, for $\sqrt{5m-11}$ to be defined we have $$5m-11\ge0\iff m\color{blue}{\geq \frac{11}{5}}$$

Now, we have $$4=\sqrt{5m-11}$$ Squaring both the sides $$4^2=(5m-11)$$ $$5m=11+16=27$$ $$m=\color{red}{\frac{27}{5}}$$

The above $m=\color{red}{\frac{27}{5}}\geq \color{blue}{\frac{11}{5}}$ Hence, your answer is correct.

  • $\begingroup$ Hey thanks for your answer but i have a question..this may not resemble the original question but i have run into a problem recently the question is $$ Y = \sqrt{-(x-3)} + 4 $\endgroup$ – MATH ASKER Sep 30 '15 at 1:42
  • $\begingroup$ @MathAsker You have already asked this question here $\endgroup$ – Shailesh Sep 30 '15 at 2:21

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