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## #1 2013-04-26 13:27:24

Agnishom
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### Quadratic Polynomial and its Factors

If

is a factor of the polynomials
and
, prove that

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## #2 2013-04-26 13:44:10

Nehushtan
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### Re: Quadratic Polynomial and its Factors

You mean
is a factor. Hint:

If you let

and
then
and
.

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## #3 2013-04-26 14:58:51

Agnishom
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### Re: Quadratic Polynomial and its Factors

That is the problem (n-k) is the factor

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## #4 2013-04-26 20:29:13

bob bundy
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### Re: Quadratic Polynomial and its Factors

hi Agnishom,

I suggest you check the question.  If it started " x + k is a factor....." then that result can be found using Nehushtan's method.

If we maintain (n-k) then since both quadratics must have factors of the form (x - a) and (x - b) that suggests x = n or x = k.  The problem then de-generates and certainly doesn't give that result.

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## #5 2013-04-26 20:57:17

Agnishom
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### Re: Quadratic Polynomial and its Factors

Maybe that is a printing mistake?

My teacher told to assume (n-k) as a zero of the polynomial

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