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FOIL Method for Expanding## 12-2sqrt35 isn't 10sqrt35

## You're right, 12 - 2√35 does

You're right, 12 - 2√35 does not equal 10√35

However, we can say that 12√35 - 2√35 = 10√35

For more on this, watch: https://www.greenlighttestprep.com/module/gre-powers-and-roots/video/1042

Cheers,

Brent

## HI Brent,

Question on this one (1st reinforcement)

https://gre.myprepclub.com/forum/which-is-greater-x-2-2-or-x-12433.html

On your 3rd step, if you divided both sides by x wouldn't you get -4 and 4, making the answer B?

## Question link: https:/

Question link: https://gre.myprepclub.com/forum/which-is-greater-x-2-2-or-x-12433.html

The problem with that strategy is that we don't know whether x is positive, negative or zero.

In order to divide both quantities by a variable, we must be certain that the variable is POSITIVE.

For more on this, see https://www.greenlighttestprep.com/module/gre-quantitative-comparison/vi... (starting at 2:40 in the video.

Cheers,

Brent

## hi brent,

for sorry the first reinforcement activity: Is it true that since there are an infinite number of values for x, there is also an infinite number of solutions for both expressions, since no restrictions have been placed on x? will this be true for all expressions where no restrictions exist on the variable? does it follow that all comparison questions involving two expressions without restrictions are D?

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Question link: https://gre.myprepclub.com/forum/which-is-greater-x-2-2-or-x-12433.html

Great question (and observation)!

That would be very helpful if we could say that, when comparing two expressions where each expression has infinitely many values, the correct answer will always be D. However, this won't always be the case.

Consider, for example, this question:

QUANTITY A: -|x² + 1|

QUANTITY B: |x| + 1

In this case, quantity A will always be negative, and quantity B will always be positive, which means the correct answer is B.

Cheers,

Brent

## hi Brent! Could you please

## Hi niveda94,

Hi niveda94,

I'm not sure what you're referring to. Did you mean to include a link with your question?

## Yes I did :) https:/

## Solution link: https:/

Solution link: https://gre.myprepclub.com/forum/root-9-root-80-root-9-root-18466.html#p...

Q: How did you get the product of xy in your answer.

A: First I noticed that, in the original expression, we can:

Let x = √(9 + √80) and let y = √(9 - √80)

So, xy = √(9 + √80)√(9 - √80)

There's a square root property that says: (√j)(√k) = √(jk)

For example, (√4)(√9) = √36

Likewise, (√25)(√4) = √100

So, xy will equal the square root of (9 + √80)(9 - √80)

When we apply the FOIL method, (9 + √80)(9 - √80) = (9)(9) - 9√80 + 9√80 - √6400

= (9)(9) - √6400

= 81 - 80

= 1

Does that help?

## Hi Brent. What are we trying

## Question link: https:/

Question link: https://gre.myprepclub.com/forum/0-x-7504.html

The great thing about the strategy is that there are many different ways to reach the same correct answer.

In my solution, I was applying two general strategies that often come in handy:

1) Move all the variables to one quantity

2) Set one of the quantities equal to zero

By applying those strategies I got to this point:

Quantity A: 0

Quantity B: x(4x + 3)

Since we're told x is positive, it's clear that quantity B is greater.

However, your strategy works as well. Let's start here:

Quantity A: -3x

Quantity B: 8x² + 3x

If we subtract 3x from both sides (as you did), we get:

Quantity A: -6x

Quantity B: 8x²

From here, since x is positive, it must be the case that Quantity A is negative and Quantity B is positive, in which case Quantity B is clearly greater.

## Hey Brent i have a question

## If the part in parentheses

If the part in parentheses can be simplified, then it's best to simplify before squaring.

For example, 2 + 3 can be simplified to equal 5, so it's better to write (2 + 3)² = (5)² = 25

Similarly, since 2k + 5k can be simplified to equal 7k, it's better to write (2k + 5k)² = (7k)² = 49k²

On the other hand, an expression like 2x + y can't be simplified.

So, we are forced to write (2x + y)² = (2x + y)(2x + y) = 4x² + 2xy + 2xy + y² = 4x² + 4xy + y²