The equation is 16x^(2) -24x+c=0 What is c, given that one root is twice the other root?
I made one root r and the other root 2r. I know the -b/a and the c/a relationships (-b/a is the sum of the roots and c/a is the product). Thanks for the help.
The equation is 16x^(2) -24x+c=0 What is c, given that one root is twice the other root?
I made one root r and the other root 2r. I know the -b/a and the c/a relationships (-b/a is the sum of the roots and c/a is the product). Thanks for the help.
Let's just think about this for a moment. If there are two roots, a and b, what does it look like? Where did those relationships come from?
(x-a)*(x-b) = x^2 - (a+b)x + ab
This should suggest that the produce to the roots IS the constant term! Use this to your advantage.
16x^2 - 24x + c = 16(x^2 - (3/2)x + (c/16))
Using your notation, r * 2r = c/16 and you are almost done.
Also, notice how the opposite of the coefficient on the linear term is the SUM of the roots!
Using your notation, r + 2r = 3/2.
Go ahead and build structures and explore the problem. There is just no need to KNOW how to proceed before you think you are solving the problem. Invent a solution!