Common Algebra Mistakes
Example: Solving a Quadratic Equation

The Goal

Solve the following equation for y:


The Mistake

Find the algebra mistake:


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The Correction


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An Explanation

There are three mistakes, all sign errors. In the first step the sign of c is changed for no reason. In the second step the sign of the x2 term is switched. In the third step the student forgot the ± in front of the square root.
Take great care with signs!

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