Date: 06/02/2002 at 16:53:15 From: Brad Strickland Subject: Irrational Equations I am having serious trouble finding ANYTHING on irrational equations. I have used up all the books my library had on anything relating to math and no websites seem to have any information on them. If you could take a moment to tell me what they are and perhaps how to go about solving them, I would be most appreciative.
Date: 06/03/2002 at 09:51:02 From: Doctor Rick Subject: Re: Irrational Equations Hi, Brad. I am not familiar with this term. A rational equation is one involving a ratio of expressions, that is, one expression (such as a polynomial) divided by another. But there is no sensible way to give a meaning to "irrational equation" in the same way -- an equation that does NOT involve ratios, perhaps? In a quick Web search for the phrase "irrational equation", the only mathematical references I found were in lists of topics covered in high school algebra courses. Thus it appears that this is a pedagogical term only, not one that mathematicians use in the "real world" (after graduation). The closest I could see to a definition is something like "an equation involving radicals". I would not use the term "irrational equation" for this; I'd just say "radical equation". If this is what the term means, then it's a rather broad category and no one method will always work. You can search the Dr. Math Archives, http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/mathgrepform.html for items using the words "radical" and "equation", or "root" and "equation", and some of the items you find will give methods for solving particular "irrational equations". For example: http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/52671.html http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/53040.html - Doctor Rick, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
Date: 06/03/2002 at 15:01:02 From: Brad Strickland Subject: Thank you (Irrational Equations) Well I checked some stuff out and it looks like Radical Equations fits the bill. Thanks for your help, you have saved me countless hours :] By the way, http://www.purplemath.com/modules/solvrad.htm looks to be a good linking page if anyone asks about this again. Thanks again.
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