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**harpazo1965****Member**- Registered: 2022-09-19
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College Algebra

Section R.2

Michael Sullivan introduces the idea of square roots on page 24.

According to Sullivan:

sqrt{ a^2 } = | a |, where "a" is any real number.

Sample:

sqrt{ x^2 } = | x |.

Why is the answer the absolute value of x and not simple x?

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Because x could be negative and he is trying to define a unique positive root.

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**harpazo1965****Member**- Registered: 2022-09-19
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Are you saying that the sqrt{ x^(2) } = -x or x?

To assure a positive x, we place the variable x inside absolute value bars.

Yes?

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Yes.

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**harpazo1965****Member**- Registered: 2022-09-19
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Thank you, Bob.

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