# Difference between revisions of "1986 AIME Problems/Problem 1"

## Problem

What is the sum of the solutions to the equation $\displaystyle \sqrt[4]{x} = \frac{12}{7 - \sqrt[4]{x}}$?

## Solution

Let $y = \sqrt[4]{x}$. Then we have $y(7 - y) = 12$, or, by simplifying, $$y^2 - 7y + 12 = (y - 3)(y - 4) = 0.$$

This means that $\sqrt[4]{x} = y = 3$ or $4$.

Thus the sum of the possible solutions for $x$ is $4^4 + 3^4 = 337$.