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    value of m

    solve for x^2 - mx - 5 whose sum of roots is 6. find m.

    can any body help me on this ?

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    Re: value of m

    Quote Originally Posted by rcs View Post
    solve for x^2 - mx - 5 whose sum of roots is 6. find m.
    can any body help me on this ?
    (x-q)(x-p)=x^2-(p+q)x+p\cdot q=0.

    Do you see the sum of the roots?
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    Re: value of m

    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    (x-q)(x-p)=x^2-(p+q)x+p\cdot q=0.

    Do you see the sum of the roots?
    so therefore p+q = 6 ... how is it possible to get p x q = 5? ...
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    Re: value of m

    Quote Originally Posted by rcs View Post
    how is it possible to get p x q = 5? ...

    It is not possible because p\cdot q=-5~.
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    Re: value of m

    Hello, rcs!

    \text{The sum of roots of }\,x^2 - mx - 5\:=\:0\,\text{ is 6.  Find }m.

    Suppose the two roots are p and q.

    Vieta's formulas tell us: . p+q \:=\:m,\quad pq \:=\:-5

    . . Therefore: . m \,=\,6


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    The equation becomes: . x^2 - 6x - 5 \:=\:0

    Quadratic Formula: . x \;=\;\frac{6 \pm\sqrt{36+20}}{2} \;=\;3 \pm\sqrt{14}

    Hence: . \begin{Bmatrix}p &=& 3 + \sqrt{14} \\ q &=& 3 - \sqrt{14}\end{Bmatrix}


    Check:

    p+q \;=\;(3+\sqrt{14}) + (3 - \sqrt{14}) \;=\;6\;\;\checkmark

    pq \;=\;(3 + \sqrt{14})(3-\sqrt{14}) \;=\;9 - 14 \;=\;-5\;\;\checkmark
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    Re: value of m

    Wow i got it. Thanks.... My god this is magic ... Thanks Sir Soroban
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