# Can someone help me with my math homework?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by PatB, Sep 10, 2003.

1. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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I'm trying to help someone with this problem but I can't seem to break it, I'm not cheating or anything so it's all on the up and up.

12y^3-6y^2-42y+28=0

Solve for y.

(I don't know if this is the proper way to type this but for example the first part is 12 "y" cubed.)

2. ### James~P Stunt Coordinator

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factor it or use quadratic equation.

3. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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You can't use a quadratic equation to factor a cubic though.
I was trying to factor it but that's the problem, I can't seem to do it.

4. ### James~P Stunt Coordinator

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if i rememberd any of this from 8th grade i'd help more...

5. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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You may want to go back to spelling.

That's the problem, it's for an 12th grader.

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-1.9338

7. ### James~P Stunt Coordinator

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my spelling is sub par late at night when i'm going fast.. that wasnt even what you'd consider spelling.. it was just a typo...

anyway if you have a palmpilot just download "math pad" and use it to solve the equation

8. ### Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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Give me a second, I'm working on this.

9. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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Hey Bryan, is that for real or are you just goofing?

Just a little humour James, math isn't my strong suit.

10. ### Patrick Sun Moderator Moderator

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The other solution is pretty close to 1.74075.

11. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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What is 1.74075? Is that some kind of magic number?

12. ### Bryan X Producer

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Yep, PatB, that's for real.

13. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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Bryan, can I ask how you got to that result?

14. ### Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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Well, I've got it simplified down to 6y^3 - 3y^2 - 21y + 14 = 0. That's where I'm stuck.

I think you'll have to graph this one.

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16. ### Tony-B Producer

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Pat, make sure it's true by plugging in his answer for Y.

Sorry if I am stating the obvious, but I just want to make sure that you do that.

17. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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Awww, that's a shame, I need to see what the solution is. It's not about the destination, it's about the journey, in zen-speak.

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19. ### PatB Stunt Coordinator

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I'm just trying to help out a friend here, now I'm getting lectured by Bryan.

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