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Let x = the number
= the reciprocal of the number
The equation is
The LCD = 3x, so multiply both sides by 3x:
This is a quadratic equation, so set it equal to zero:
It just happens to factor!! (Isn't that nice??)
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There are 2 solutions to the quadratic equation:
There really are NOT two solutions to this problem, since the second solution is actually the RECIPROCAL of the first solution, and vice-versa.
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