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Posted by on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 5:39pm.

Use substitution to determine whether the ordered pair (–2, –3) is a solution of the equation x^2 – y = 7

I say no, but am still not sure because the signs are confusing. Am I correct? Thanks!

  • Math - , Friday, June 12, 2009 at 5:50pm

    let's see if the point satisfies the equation
    Left Side
    = x^2 - y
    = (-2)^2 - (-3)
    = 4 + 3
    = 7

    Right Side = 7

    Mmmmhhh?

  • Math - , Friday, June 12, 2009 at 5:51pm

    I guess this makes sense but I got -1 for the answer. Did I confuse the signs?

  • Math - , Friday, June 12, 2009 at 6:00pm

    Yes. You confused the signs. Perhaps you thought that -2^2 was -4. But when you multiply two negative numbers, the answer must be positive.

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