# Thread: A couple Algebra 1 problems (polynomial division, mixture problem)

1. ## A couple Algebra 1 problems (polynomial division, mixture problem)

Divide. (x^3 - 3x^2 + 3x + 1) divided by (x - 2)

A solution containing 20% acid is mixed with a solution containing 10% acid to make 200 liters of a solitution containing 12% acid. How much of the 10% solution was used?

Also... would √(t-2)^2 be just t-2 or the absolute value of t-2?
Thanks!

2. ## Re: A couple Algebra 1 problems (polynomial division, mixture problem)

Originally Posted by Tsuzuku
Divide. (x^3 - 3x^2 + 3x + 1) divided by (x - 2)

use synthetic division

A solution containing 20% acid is mixed with a solution containing 10% acid to make 200 liters of a solitution containing 12% acid. How much of the 10% solution was used?

(200-x)(.20) + x(.10) = 200(.12)

solve for x

Also... would √(t-2)^2 be just t-2 or the absolute value of t-2?

√(t-2)^2 = |t-2|
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3. ## Re: A couple Algebra 1 problems (polynomial division, mixture problem)

Originally Posted by skeeter
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what is synthetic division

4. ## Re: A couple Algebra 1 problems (polynomial division, mixture problem)

Originally Posted by Tsuzuku
what is synthetic division
Synthetic Division

5. ## Re: A couple Algebra 1 problems (polynomial division, mixture problem)

If you don't know "synthetic division", just use regular division (synthetic division is really just a short cut). How many times does x divide into $x^3$? Now, just as you do in division of numbers multiply that quotient by the divisor, x- 2, and subtract from $x^3- 3x^3- 3x+ 1$ to get the next dividend and continue.

"A solution containing 20% acid is mixed with a solution containing 10% acid to make 200 liters of a solution containing 12% acid. How much of the 10% solution was used?"
Let x be the amount of 10% solution. Then 200- x is the amount of 20% solution. The amount of acid in the 10% solution is .1x and the amount of acid in the 20% solution is .2(200- x)= 40- .2x so the total amount of acid is .1x+ 40- .2x= 40- .1x. The amount of acid in 200 liters of 12% solution is .12(200)= 24 so you must have 40- .1x= 24. Solve for x.