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## #1 2014-10-31 22:24:03

Agnishom
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### Algebra Questions

Solve by hand. Use a calculator for arithmetic but not a CAS

1. The roots of the equation x^2 + ax + b = 0 are each one less than the roots of the equation x^2 + bx + a = 0.
Find a+b

2. If the following system of equations hold, find abc

2(a+b) + ab = 16
2(b+c) + bc = 24
2(a+c) + ac = 31

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## #2 2014-11-01 04:33:12

bob bundy
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### Re: Algebra Questions

hi Agnishom,

For (1)

So write

Use the given connection between the roots to find a and b.

I'm still working on (2).

Bob

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## #3 2014-11-01 04:56:16

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### Re: Algebra Questions

Vieta?

I tried that but I still do not see...

3. There are two 2-digit numbers x and y such that when the digits of their arithmetic mean are reversed, their geometric mean is found.

Last edited by Agnishom (2014-11-01 04:58:08)

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## #4 2014-11-01 05:11:35

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### Re: Algebra Questions

Agnishom wrote:

3. There are two 2-digit numbers x and y such that when the digits of their arithmetic mean are reversed, their geometric mean is found.

What is the question?

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## #5 2014-11-01 05:16:49

Agnishom
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### Re: Algebra Questions

Find x-y

The numbers are obviously 98 and 32 but I am unable to do it by hand

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
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## #6 2014-11-01 05:42:21

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### Re: Algebra Questions

Agnishom wrote:

3. There are two 2-digit numbers x and y such that when the digits of their arithmetic mean are reversed, their geometric mean is found. Find x-y.

Last edited by ShivamS (2014-11-01 05:53:13)

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## #7 2014-11-01 05:52:18

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### Re: Algebra Questions

Awesome. Thanks

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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## #8 2014-11-01 21:01:42

bob bundy
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### Re: Algebra Questions

hi Agnishom,

Do you need more help with (1) ?

I'm still working on (2).

I managed to solve using elimination but the values for a, b and c are nasty so I'm looking for a neater way.

Bob

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## #9 2014-11-01 22:51:39

bob bundy
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### Re: Algebra Questions

Q2.  I corrected my arithmetic and it came out nicely.

re-arrange equation 2

and equation 3

eliminate c

Substitute in equation 1

times by 5

So either a = 3, b = 2 and c = 5 or a = -7, b = -6 and c = -9

So abc = 30 or - 378

Sorry I couldn't find a 'slick' way to do this that avoids solving the equations.

Bob

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## #10 2014-11-01 23:35:25

Agnishom
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### Re: Algebra Questions

That will do. Thanks

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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