You can actually graph the function above and the only solution is x=6. You seem to be mixing up some things.

Let us say, like you did, that a=(x-3)
Therefore, (x-3)^2 – 6(x-3) + 9 would be translated into a^2 – 6a +9. NOT a^2 – 6a like you suggested. (You left out the 9)

Now lets continue to solve this:
0 = a^2 – 6a + 9
0 = (a-3)^2

There is only one solution here to “a”. a=3
so…
a=3 substitute x-3 in for a
(x-3)=3 add three to both sides
x=6

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If A=x-3 then 0=a^2-6a or 0=a(a-6). A=0 or 6. Plug 6 in for A and get x=9. Plug 0 in for A and get x=3. I believe the answers should be 6 or 9.

I meant x=3 or 9 lol.

You can actually graph the function above and the only solution is x=6. You seem to be mixing up some things.

Let us say, like you did, that a=(x-3)

Therefore, (x-3)^2 – 6(x-3) + 9 would be translated into a^2 – 6a +9. NOT a^2 – 6a like you suggested. (You left out the 9)

Now lets continue to solve this:

0 = a^2 – 6a + 9

0 = (a-3)^2

There is only one solution here to “a”. a=3

so…

a=3 substitute x-3 in for a

(x-3)=3 add three to both sides

x=6

Hope that made enough sense.

I did it the non sub way it came out just as fast

( x-3)^2 = x^2 -6x +9

x^2 -6x +9 -6 (x-3) +9

X^2-6x+9-6x-+18+9

X^2-12x+36

(X-6)^2

x=6