posted by jessica .
the difference between two positive numvers is 2 and the difference between their squares is 40.
taking x to be the smaller of the two numbers, form an equation in x and solve it.
thank you in advance!
Just translate the English into "math"
<the difference between two positive numvers is 2 > --->
smaller number is x
larger number is x+2
<the difference between their squares is 40> ---->
(x+2)^2 - x^2 = 40
now solve that quadratic.
x=9! thankyou for your help!