Find the values of M and N

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• Jul 17th 2012, 07:05 PM
waleedrabbani
Find the values of M and N
I am lost in this question attached if some kind soul can show the algebra it would be highly appreciated
• Jul 17th 2012, 07:56 PM
Soroban
Re: Find the values of M and N
Hello, waleedrabbani!

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$\text{Let: }\:\begin{array}{ccc}f(x) &=& mx^2+2x+5 \\ g(x) &=& 2x^2 + nx - 2 \end{array}$

$\text{Define: }\:H(x) \;=\;f(x)\!\cdot\!G(x)$

$\text{Two points that satisfy }H(x)\text{ are: }\,(1,\text{-}40)\text{ and }(\text{-}1,24).$

$\text{Determine the values of }m\text{ and }n.$

$H(x) \:=\:(mx^2+2x+5)(2x^2+nx-2)$

$H(1) = \text{-}40$
. . $(m + 2 + 5)(2 + n - 2) \:=\:\text{-}40 \quad\Rightarrow\quad mn + 7n \:=\:\text{-}40\;\;[1]$

$H(-1) = 24$
. . $(m - 2 + 5)(2-n-2) \:=\:24 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \text{-}mn - 3n \:=\:24\;\;[2]$

Add [1] and [2]: . $4n \,=\,\text{-}16 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \boxed{n \,=\,\text{-}4}$

Substitute into [2]: . $4m + 12 \:=\:24 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \boxed{m\,=\,3}$