the equation 3x^2 - x^3 = k has three real solutions for k

write down the set of possible values for k

i dont understand: can't k = anything as long as x remains real? and what is meant by '3x^2 - x^3 = k has three real solutions for k'?

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- July 20th 2009, 06:53 AMfuror celticacubic equation
the equation 3x^2 - x^3 = k has three real solutions for k

write down the set of possible values for k

i dont understand: can't k = anything as long as x remains real? and what is meant by '3x^2 - x^3 = k has three real solutions for k'? - July 20th 2009, 07:53 AMred_dog

Let

The Rolle's sequence is:

To have 3 real solutions the following inequalities must hold:

- July 20th 2009, 07:55 AMbananaxxx
Draw the graph of the left hand side of the equation. Where you can draw a horizontal line such that the line intersects the graph three times is a value of k that you want - find all such values.

(drawing is meant for illustration only - it will need to be worked out mathematically. hint: consider turning points) - July 20th 2009, 07:56 AMbananaxxx
- July 20th 2009, 09:34 AMfuror celtica
thank you both