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#1 2012-10-19 04:03:33

danthemaths
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The Remainder Theorem

hey guys, I am stuck on this question:
"The Remainder when x^3-2x^2+ax+5 is divided by x-3 is twice the remainder when the same expression is divided by x+1. Find the value of the constant a."
I know the answer is 4 but i dont know how to get there.

I have started it off but dont know what to from then on...

I worked out f(3) to be -14=3a
...and f(-1) to be a=2

Am I on the right lines? and what do I do from then on? this will really help me out

thanks in advance

danthemaths

#2 2012-10-19 04:55:39

bob bundy
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Re: The Remainder Theorem

hi danthemaths

Welcome to the forum.

Am I on the right lines?

Not quite.

When you put x = 3 you get a remainder.  Let's say



and when x =-1



You are also told that



So make an equation from this and solve for a.

Hope that helps.  smile

?? But I'm not getting a = 4  ??


Bob


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