



So now
we can deal with an X



that has
an exponent or a root. 





But what
do we do with this? 





3X^{2} =
12 





Do we try
to get the 3 away from the X first? 





Do we try
to get rid of the exponent first? 





To better
see what you should do, 


rewrite
this without any exponents. 


Use
multiplication instead ... 





3 × X × X = 12 





Does that
help? 





The first
thing we do is 


get rid
of the stuff that is not an X. 





That
means we need to lose the 3. 





In this
problem, the 3 is multiplied times the X's 


so we
need division to peel it away ... 











Now get
rid of the exponent with a root ... 











copyright 2005 Bruce Kirkpatrick 
