# Can someone help me with this pre-Calculus question?

• Oct 28th 2012, 02:29 PM
firefox0903
Can someone help me with this pre-Calculus question?
If 2x^2-dx+(31-d^2)x+5 has a factor of x - d, what is the value of d if d is an integer?(Angry)
• Oct 28th 2012, 04:14 PM
MarkFL
Re: Can someone help me with this pre-Calculus question?
Hint: $f(d)=2(d)^2-d(d)+(31-d^2)(d)+5=2d^2-d^2+31d-d^2+5=0$

Write in standard form:

$d^3-d^2-31d-5=0$

Now, use the rational roots theorem to see if this cubic has any integral roots.
• Oct 30th 2012, 10:07 PM
Salahuddin559
Re: Can someone help me with this pre-Calculus question?
Small missing step: If x-a is a factor of a polynomial P(x), then P(a) = 0 (Remainder theorem).

Salahuddin
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• Oct 30th 2012, 10:24 PM
MarkFL
Re: Can someone help me with this pre-Calculus question?
That missing step was given in a duplicate post in another forum. I didn't feel it necessary to repeat it, but rather continued the discussion here after he was asked to post in an appropriate forum.