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  • I can't do it! I don't understand what radical equations even are doing. How do I do something that makes absolutely no sense to me? 
  • Oh come on, you haven't even looked at the problems. Maybe if you calmed down and approached this differently you would be able to solve these problems, and maybe even find a helpful hint.
  • ARRRGH!!! This still doesn't make sense to me. I think I'm just bad at radical equations. What did she even mean that calming down would help. Well, I'll just do this tomorrow when I've gotten some sleep
  • Okay, maybe I overreacted yesterday. I will look at the problems calmly in class like the teacher said to. Maybe then I will be able to solve the problem.
  • So, did you figure it out?
  • Great! So, to solve a radical problem, you must first isolate the radical. Once you've done that, square each side of the problem. The last step is easy. All you have to do is solve the equation for the variable. 
  • Not quite yet, but I am ready to learn how to do them again. The first time I was too worked up to be able to do them. Now I can approach the problems calmly.
  • Hmm... isolate the radical.... isolate the radical.. square both sides... Oh! I got it! I did it! 
  • Now we are going to move on to factoring. The first step is to find the greatest common factor...
  • I can do this. Find the greatest common factor... greatest common factor... oh it's 6, I'm getting the hang of this.
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