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Solve quadratic equations and use continued fractions to find rational approximations to irrational numbers.

Target Six

Show that x = 1 is a solution of the equation x^(3/2) - 8x^(-3/2) = 7 and find all other solutions.

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Age 16 to 18
Challenge Level

The implicit equation

$$(x^2 + 2a y -a^2)^2 = y^2(a^2 - x^2)$$

represents a family of functions the members of the family corresponding to different values of $a$.

Re-arrange the equation into the form $y= f(x)$ and draw some graphs belonging to the family for different values of $a$. What is the domain of the function $f(x)$?

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