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If 2x^2 - 3x - m is divisible by (x - 3) what is m?

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If 2x^2 - 3x - m is divisible by (x - 3) what is m?

A. -18
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Re: If 2x^2 - 3x - m is divisible by (x - 3) what is m? [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2012, 11:45
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Hi guys, have a question here:

If 2x^2 -3x -m is divisible by (x-3) what is m?

1. -18
2. -9
3.-6
4. 9
5. 18

Thanks!
PS: I got right about the absolute value of the answer, but not its sign. So what wondering what is the rule to follow...


Since x-3 is a factor of 2x^2-3x-m, then it can be factored as (x-3)(2x+k) (notice we used 2x in the second factor as we need to get 2x^2)--> 2x^2-3x-m=(x-3)(2x+k)=2x^2-(6-k)x-3k --> 6-k=3 --> k=3 --> m=3k=9.

Answer: D.

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Re: If 2x^2 - 3x - m is divisible by (x - 3) what is m? [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2012, 11:52
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Re: If 2x^2 - 3x - m is divisible by (x - 3) what is m? [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2014, 22:11
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Let 2x^2 - 3x - m = 0

As its divisible by x - 3, then x - 3 = 0 as well; so x = 3

2 * 3^2 - 3 * 3 - m = 0

m = 18 - 9 = 9

Answer = D
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