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Math Help - mixed quadratics

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    mixed quadratics

    a) find, as surds, the roots of the equation

    2(x+1)(x-4)-(x-2)^2 = 0

    b) use algebra to solve

    (x-1)(x+2)=18

    c) find the values of k for which kx^2 +8x + k = 0
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    2(x+1)(x-4)-(x-2)^2 = 0 FOIL -->

    2[x^2 -3x -4] -[x^2 -4x +4] = 0
    2x^2 -6x -8 -x^2 +4x -4 = 0
    2x^2 -x^2 -6x +4x -8 -4 = 0
    x^2 -2x -12 = 0 Quadratic equation from here with a = 1, b = -2, c = -12
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    (x-1)(x+2)=18 FOIL -->
    x^2 +x -2 = 18 Set equal to zero [standard form for quadratics] -->
    x^2 +x -20 = 0 Factor -->
    (x+5)(x-4) = 0 Set each factor equal to zero and solve.
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    AS for part C of your qns, you are looking at the equation : kx^2 +8x + k = 0 This will require some of your basics in quadratic equations. For a simple quadratic equation, ax^2 + bx + c = 0, this will be true if b^2 - 4ac term is greater or equal to zero. So the solution to this problem follows the same concept.

    kx^2 +8x + k = 0

    Thus for this equation to be true, first:
    (8^2) - 4(k)(k) > 0
    64 - 4k^2 > 0
    16 - k^2 > 0
    k^2 - 16 > 0
    (k - 4) (k + 4) > 0

    Thus, by refering to the number line: k > 4 and K < -4

    This will be the suggested solution.
    Last edited by MathGuru; October 17th 2005 at 09:24 AM.
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