Posted by Melvin on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 6:25pm.
The formula T=2π√L/480 can be used to find the period (T in seconds, the time it takes a pendulum to complete one cycle) of a pendulum that is L cm long.
(a)Rewrite this formula using rational exponents. Don't forget to rationalize the denominator.
(b)Solve the formula for L.

Algebra  bobpursley, Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 7:37pm
I think you mistyped 980
T=2PI (L/980)^.5
to solve for L, square both sides first. 
Algebra  Henry, Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 8:02pm
a. T = 2pi*sqrt(L/980).
Square both sides:
T^2 = 4(pi)^2(L/980).
b. Multiply both sides by 980/4(pi)^2:
980T^2/4(pi)^2 = L. 
Algebra  Melvin, Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11:39pm
Thanks Henry and bobpursley for replying. Now the question makes sense :)