# SOLUTION: i have an example problem that looks like this.. (X-12)^2=16 ^2..means to the second power. please help me understand this.

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Trigonometry-basics Question 341177: i have an example problem that looks like this.. (X-12)^2=16 ^2..means to the second power. please help me understand this.Answer by stanbon(57387)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!(X-12)^2=16 --- (x-12)^2-16 = 0 Factor: [(x-12)-4][(x-12)+4] = 0 --- Simplify: [x-16][x-8] = 0 --- Solve: x = 16 or x = 8 ======================= Cheers, Stan H.