cube of a number equals sixty-four times the same number
Paola, we write this as x^3=64x. Putting both on the same side, we get x^3-64x=0. Factoring, we get
So, now we know that, because anything times 0 is 0, that x can equal 0, but we have to deal with the other part.
We have the difference of two squares. so (x-8)(x+8)=0
x-8=0, so x=8
x+8=0, so x=-8.
So, our final answer is that x=0, x=8 or x=-8.