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Question Stats: 60% (00:26) correct 39% (02:21) wrong based on 23 sessions
 Quantity A Quantity B $$\sqrt{x^4 + 6x^2 + 9}$$ $$x^2 + 3$$

A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
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Re: \sqrt x^4 + 6x^2 [#permalink]
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Since quantity $$A$$ is under square root it would be easier to simplify if that square root could be removed
Hence, square both sides
Qty A = $$x^4 + 6x^2 + 9$$
Qty B = $$(x^2 +3)^2$$
Qty B can be squared by using the formula $$(a+b)^2 = a^2 + b^2 + 2ab = x^4 +6x^2 + 9$$
Qty A = Qty B
option c
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The answer is wrong. the root of square can be + or -. the answer can be -x^2-3 which will be less than x^2+3. D is the correct answer
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Re: \sqrt x^4 + 6x^2 [#permalink]
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The answer is wrong. the root of square can be + or -. the answer can be -x^2-3 which will be less than x^2+3. D is the correct answer

 Quantity A Quantity B $$\sqrt{x^4 + 6x^2 + 9}$$ $$x^2 + 3$$

A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Hi, it is correct.

$$\sqrt{x^4 + 6x^2 + 9}=\sqrt{(x^2+3)^2}$$....
Always remember that the square root is always positive..

this means
$$x^2=25$$ means x=5 or x=-5
whereas $$\sqrt{25}$$ can only be 5 and not -5.

thus, $$A=\sqrt{x^4 + 6x^2 + 9}=\sqrt{(x^2+3)^2}=x^2+3=B$$

C
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