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Solving a quadratic trigonometric equation?

The equation is $6 \cos^2x+\cos x=1$, My work: $6x^2+x-1=0$ $(3x-1)(2x+1)$ $3x-1=0 ∨ 2x+1=0$ $x=\frac{1}{3} ∨ x= \frac{-1}{2}$ But I do not know how to progress further.
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Using sum/product of quadratic roots to solve cubic equation

Given $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are the roots of the quadratic equation $6x^2 + 2x - 3 = 0$, how do I find the value of: $$ \alpha^3 + \beta^3 $$ and: $$ \frac{1}{\alpha^3} + \frac{1}{\beta^3} $$ ...
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How to prove one of these equations has real roots?

Question: If $\;a,\, b,\, c,\, d \;$ are real and $\;ac = 2( b + d) $ ,then show that at least one of the equations: $\; x^2 + ax + b = 0 \;$ and $\; x^2 + cx + d = 0 \;$ has real roots. I've ...
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Quadratics with unknowns

If $5x^2 – t = 4x$, and $x$ and $t$ are both positive real numbers. What is $x$ equal to? How do you find $x$? Is there a specific formula?
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Quadratic factor to complex numbers

How to convert this quadratic factor to complex number form? (With steps please) Reference: $Z = a + bi$, $i = \sqrt{-1}$ $$-3 + \frac{\sqrt{-12}}{2}$$ Thanks!
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Finding the three unknowns

Can someone show me the steps to finding the three unknowns of these two equations. $$-a-bx+cx^2 = x^2+2x+1$$ The answers are $a=\ ...\ $, $b=\ ...\ $, and $c=\ ...$ , but I can't see how they ...
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Expanding Square Roots, Why No Negative?

I haven't thought through algebra in a while and the last explanation I received of this seemed arbitrary. I hope I can get some clarification here. I understand that $\sqrt{+a} = \pm b$. Here's ...
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Quadratic inequality with parameter

Hi I've got this inequality with parameter $a\in R$ $\frac{x+a}{x}\le x+2$ I've solved it but I've got different results than book. I've done it by dividing it into 2 cases. 1. x<0 2. x>0 and then ...
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How to find $x^2 - x$?

I'm quite a novice when it comes to maths. I'm on a problem in which I have had to isolate $x$ , through factorials which I completed without problem. However, now I am stuck on a seemingly more minor ...
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Find pressure in a sinusoidal function

Tiffany is a model rocket enthusiast. She has been working on a pressurized rocket filled with laughing gas. According to her design, if the atmospheric pressure exerted on the rocket is less than 10 ...
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What are the parameters of a parabola

In the following figure I understand the $bx+c$ part. It is simply the equation of a line. But I don't understand where did $ax^2$ came from? What exactly is it? What does $a$ tell us about a ...
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Find maximum of a system of equations

You have 300 meters of fencing with which to build two enclosures. One will be a square, and the other will be a rectangle where the length of the base is exactly twice the length of the height. (a) ...
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Solve $x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$

Solve for real $x$ $$x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$$ By inspection, $x=2$ is a root of this equation. So, I squared both sides and divided the six degree polynomial obtained by $x-2$. Then I got a ...
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How do you factor a quadratic expression, without using the formula?

I am asked to factor $2x^2 -3x+1=0 $ using factorization, but I run into fractions, and it becomes very messy and complicated to deal with, especially since specifically asked not to use the formula. ...
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How to solve the following? $ x^3+1=2{(2x-1)}^{1/3} $.

Find all the real solutions of $$x^3+1=2{(2x-1)}^{1/3} $$ I tried to cube both sides but got messed up with a nine degree equation! Please help. Thanks in advance!
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If $P(x) = ax^2 + bx + c$ and $Q(x) = -ax^2 + dx + c$, then prove that $P(x) \cdot Q(x) = 0$ has at least two real roots?

How should i solve the same? I assumed the roots be $ \alpha, \beta $ for $ P(x) $ and $ \gamma, \delta $ for $ Q(x) $. Product of roots turn out to be of the opposite signs, being $$ \alpha \cdot ...
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Find values of the parameter a so that equation has equal roots.

$x^2+2a\sqrt{a^2-3}x+4=0$ My final result was 2 and -0.5. Was it correct?
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Where did Harry go wrong solving his equation? [closed]

Harry is trying to solve the equation $y = 2x^2−x−6$ using the quadratic formula. He has made an error in one of the steps below. Find the step where Harry went wrong. In which step did he go wrong? ...
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how should i go about solving the following problem??

$f(n)=a^n-b^n$ where $a$ and $b$ are roots of the following equation .$$5x^2-2x+1=0$$ Then find the value of $$\frac{5f(10)+f(9)}{f(8)}$$ I realised we can use the 5 in the equation as $\frac{1}{ab}$ ...
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What is the minimum value of $abc$

If the roots of the equation $$ax^2-bx+c=0$$ lie in the interval $(0,1)$, find the minimum possible value of $abc$. Edit: I forgot to mention in the question that $a$, $b$, and $c$ are natural ...
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Exponential Growth Rates

So if you are given two different numbers to determine a growth rate, do you use to largest number compared to the value when x=0. For example the problem I am working on is: Your grandfather ...
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Evaluate $a+b+c+d$

If $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ are distinct integers such that $$(x-a)(x-b)(x-c)(x-d)=4$$ has an integral root $r$, what is the value of $a+b+c+d$ in terms of $r$? I tried to analyze graphically by ...
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Find the value of $\left | b-c \right |$

Given that $a, b, c \in \mathbb{Z}$, $a>10$ and $$(x-a)(x-12)+2=(x+b)(x+c)$$ Find the value of $\left | b-c \right |$ NOTE: The answer to this problem (as given on the last page of my book) is ...
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Let $f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$ where $a,b,c$ are real numbers. Suppose $f(-1),f(0),f(1) \in [-1,1]$. Prove that $|f(x)|\le \frac{3}{2}$ for all $x \in [-1,1]$.

Let $f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$ where $a,b,c$ are real numbers. Suppose $f(-1),f(0),f(1) \in [-1,1]$. Prove that $|f(x)|\le \frac{3}{2}$ for all $x \in [-1,1]$. I made quite a few attempts but could not ...
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How would I solve the quadratic $x^2+3x-70=0$?

How would I solve the following quadratic equation $$x^2+3x-70=0 $$ This is my attempt below $$(x-7x) (x+10x)=0 $$ $$ x-7x=0 \implies -6x=0 \implies x=6$$ $$x+10x=0 \implies 11x=0 \implies ...
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1answer
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Verification of solutions to some polynomial prob/

$\boxed{\text{Problem 1}}$ Find the other solution of the equation $(1+\sqrt3)x^2-(5-\sqrt3)x+6-6\sqrt3=0$ given that $2$ is a solution Ma solution: $x_1\cdot x_2=\tfrac ca$ therefore letting ...
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prove for p(x) which is a quadratic polynomial

$p(x)$ is a quadratic polynomial . Prove that any given number for $a$ with one exception , we can find a number $b$ such that $p(a)=p(b)$ and $a$ is not equal to $b$.
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How to use $t(29/\sqrt{2})<0$ where $t(x)=x^2-41x+420$ to prove that $41/29<\sqrt{2}<42/29$??

So I was investigating different ways to approximate $\sqrt{2}$. Here's my latest: $$Let:t(x)=x^2-41x+420$$ then the roots of $t(x)$ are $20$ and $21$. I showed that then $t(x)=(x-20)(x-21)$ and ...
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Find the range of values of $x$ for which $1-x<(x-1)(5-x)<3$.

Find the range of values of $x$ for which $1-x<(x-1)(5-x)<3$. First of all, I solved $1-x<(x-1)(5-x)<3$ which gives me $(x-1)(x-6)<0$ and $(x-4)(x-2)<0$. How to find the range, ...
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1answer
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Found an example for solving via quadratic formula in a book where I am wondering if this is correct

As a refresher, I was skimming through a free Calculus online textbook "MOOCULUS massive open online calculus" (https://mooculus.osu.edu/handouts) and stumbled upon the following example solving a ...
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Find the range of values of $x$ for the inequality $x^2-4x-1>0$ [closed]

Find the range of values of $x$ for the inequality given. $x^2-4x-1>0$
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Show that $3x^2-4x+2$ is always greater than $0$.

How do I show that the function $3x^2-4x+2$ is always greater than $0$?
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1answer
299 views

Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic function by completing the square.

Find the maximum or minimum function of the quadratic function by completing the squares. State the value of $x$ at which the function is maximum or minimum. $y=3x^2+7x+9$ I already posted similar ...
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898 views

Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic function.

Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic function by completing the squares. Also, state the value of $x$ at which the function is maximum or minimum. $y=2x^2-4x+7$ $x^2$ has a coefficient ...
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Convert the L.H.S to the form of the R.H.S by completing the square.

Given that $x^2-3x+5=(x-p)^2+q$ for all values of $x$, calculate the value of $p$ and of $q$. A book example tells me to firstly convert the L.H.S to the form of the R.H.S by completing the square. ...
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Find the value of $p$ and $q$ of the quadratic equation.

The quadratic equation $x^2+px+q=0$ has roots $-2$ and $6$. Find the value of $p$ and $q$. Do I have to make two equations? Something like this? When $x=-2$, (real and distinct roots) ...
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1answer
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Inequality challenge

I was studying inequations when I encountered this problem here. How can I find a region of values for m where this inequation is true? $$-3<\frac{x^2+mx-2}{x^2-x+1}>2$$ Thanks
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1answer
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Find the possible values of $p$ for which the equation has coincident roots.

Find the possible values of $p$ for which the equation $(2p+3)x^2+(4p-14)x+16p+1=0$ has coincident roots. Coincident roots means 'equal roots'. For equal roots, we should use: $b^2-4ac=0$ ...
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Find the possible values of $k$, if the equation has equal roots.

The equation $x^2+5k=kx+x+19$ has equal roots. Find the possible values of $k$. Um having problem in rearranging the equation; $x^2+5k-kx-x-19=0$ $x^2+k(5-x)-x-19=0$ What is the next step?
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1answer
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Solve …

This is what I did Can anyone tell me what's wrong me or the question?
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Find $\frac{a^3}{a^6 + 1}$ given a is a root of a quadratic equation

My question is: If a is a root of the equation $x^2 - 3x + 1 = 0$, then find the value of $\frac{a^3}{a^6 + 1}$. So, I figured we can use the Sridharacharya ...
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1answer
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9 rectangles have the same area as 20 squares

This is a fun little question that I encountered on a problem solving assessment: A small area is covered by 20 identical square tiles or 9 identical rectangular tiles. The length of the side of ...
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2answers
62 views

How to solve the following pair of equation.

The pair of equation I need to solve is $x^2+12x+y^2-4y=24$ $x^2-6x+y^2+8y=25$ I have no idea on how to do these kinds of problems (may be by elimination?)
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Quadratic equations with prime coefficients

I recently decided to go through old high school notebooks and I found something marginally interesting. I used to note down all kinds of things I came across, and I thought this might be useful for ...
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1answer
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To find ? in equation $a^2+?^2=c$

How can we solve for $?$ in the below given Equation: $$a^2+?^2=c$$ I don§t want to use Square or Square root as the the number can be in decimals.
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5answers
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Condition for a common root in two given quadratic equations

If $a,\;b,\;c$ are in Geometric Progression, then the equations $ax^2+2bx+c=0$ and $dx^2+2ex+f=0$ have a common root if $\;\displaystyle\frac da,\;\frac eb,\;\frac fc$ are in: Arithmetic Progression ...
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3answers
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Solving an equation involving $x^2$

I have come to a question with the equation: $$6 = x^2 -7x + 6.$$ The answer is $7$. How do I do I find the solution to a problem involving $x^2$?
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Solving a Quadratic Equation “Using a Table and a Graph”

I need to find $a\in \Bbb Z, 0\le a\lt10 : f(1 + \frac{a}{10}) = 0$ for a number of different quadratic functions, for example $f(x) = -x^2 + 4x - 3$, by "using a table and a graph". Can someone ...
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5answers
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$x^2+y^2=1, 5x+12y+13=0$ Simultaneous Equations

Can someone solve this for me and show working out? I just can't do it and I don't know why I am getting x and y wrong. It will be very much appreciated. As basic as possible as well please.
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1answer
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How can I solve $\frac{2x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}=0$

This is what I could come up with: $\dfrac{2x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}=0$ $\left(\dfrac{2x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}\right)^2=0^2$ $\dfrac{4x^2}{1-x^2}=0$ I can't go forward from this point because of that stupid ...