## These product of two consecutive integers is 72. The equation x(x+1)=72 represents the situation, where x represents the smaller integer. Wh

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These product of two consecutive integers is 72. The equation x(x+1)=72 represents the situation, where x represents the smaller integer. Which equation can be factored and solved for the smaller integer

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Answer:[tex]x-8[/tex]

, smaller integer is 8.Step-by-step explanation:Given:The product of two consecutive integers is 72.

The equation x(x+1)=72 represents the situation, where x represents the smaller integer.

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Which equation can be factored and solved for the smaller integer ?

Solution:[tex]x(x+1)=72\\\\ x^{2} +x=72\\ \\ By\ subtracting\ both\ sides\ by\ 72\\ \\ x^{2} +x-72=72-72\\ \\ x^{2} +x-72=0\\ \\ x^{2} +9x-8x-72=0\\ \\ Taking\ x+9\ as\ common \\ \\ x(x+9)-8(x+9)=0\\ \\ x+9=0,x-8=0\\ \\ x=-9,x=8[/tex]

[tex]x-8[/tex] can be factored and solved for the smaller integer, and that is 8.

Two consecutive integers are 8 and 9 and their product is 8[tex]\times[/tex] 9 = 72