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If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where

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If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where –11 is the other root and c is a constant, then q^2-c^2 =

A) 98
B) 72
C) 49
D) 0
E) It can't be determined from the information given
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Re: Quadratic Equation Root [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2012, 04:08
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If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where –11 is the other root and c is a constant, then (q^2)-(c^2) =

A) 98
B) 72
C) 49
D) 0
E) It can't be determined from the information given


Viete's theorem states that for the roots x_1 and x_2 of a quadratic equation ax^2+bx+c=0:

x_1+x_2=\frac{-b}{a} AND x_1*x_2=\frac{c}{a}.


Thus according to the above x_1+x_2=q+(-11)=\frac{-18}{1} --> q=-7 AND x_1*x_2=(-7)*(-11)=\frac{11c}{1} --> c=7.

q^2-c^2 =(-7)^2-7^2=0.

Answer: D.

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If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where –11 is the other root and c is a constant, then (q^2)-(c^2) =

A) 98
B) 72
C) 49
D) 0
E) It can't be determined from the information given


Viete's theorem states that for the roots x_1 and x_2 of a quadratic equation ax^2+bx+c=0:

x_1+x_2=\frac{-b}{a} AND x_1*x_2=\frac{c}{a}.


Thus according to the above x_1+x_2=q+(-11)=\frac{-18}{1} --> q=7 AND x_1*x_2=7*(-11)=\frac{11c}{1} --> c=-7.

q^2-c^2 =7^2-(-7)^2=0.

Answer: D.

Hope it's clear.



shouldn't q = -7 and c = 7?
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Re: Quadratic Equation Root [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2012, 16:09
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LM wrote:
If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where –11 is the other root and c is a constant, then (q^2)-(c^2) =

A) 98
B) 72
C) 49
D) 0
E) It can't be determined from the information given


Viete's theorem states that for the roots x_1 and x_2 of a quadratic equation ax^2+bx+c=0:

x_1+x_2=\frac{-b}{a} AND x_1*x_2=\frac{c}{a}.


Thus according to the above x_1+x_2=q+(-11)=\frac{-18}{1} --> q=7 AND x_1*x_2=7*(-11)=\frac{11c}{1} --> c=-7.

q^2-c^2 =7^2-(-7)^2=0.

Answer: D.

Hope it's clear.



shouldn't q = -7 and c = 7?


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Re: If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 13:19
The way I approached this question is as follows:

1) If one root is -11 then using the rule of factoring: (x+11)(x+7)=0, q=-7, c=7
2) Since q^2-c^2=(q+c)(q-c), (q+c)=-7+7=0, q^2-c^2=0
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Re: If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 21:09
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If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where –11 is the other root and c is a constant, then q^2-c^2 =

A) 98
B) 72
C) 49
D) 0
E) It can't be determined from the information given


Another method to solve it is - plug the root that is available to get the value of c.

(-11)^2 + 18*(-11) + 11c = 0
c = 7

So the equation becomes x^2 + 18x + 77 = 0 which gives x = -7 or -11.
So q must be -7.
(-7)^2 - 7^2 = 0

Answer (D)
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If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2014, 12:57
one way to solve it really fast is to factor it:
x=-11 thus we get (x+11)
in order to get x^2+18x+11c=0, q must be also a negative, otherwise we cannot get to this equation, therefore we get x+q

now we can factor (x+q)(x+11)=0
q+11=18
q*11=11c

since we need q^2-c^2, because every number squared to an even power is a positive number, 11q=11c=>q^2=c^2, and therefore q^2-c^2=0!
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Re: If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2014, 01:44
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If q is one root of the equation x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0, where –11 is the other root and c is a constant, then q^2-c^2 =

A) 98
B) 72
C) 49
D) 0
E) It can't be determined from the information given


x^2 + 18x + 11c = 0

x^2 + (11 + 7)x + (11 * c) = 0

c = 7

Given one root = -11, so other root = -7 = q

c^2 - q^2 = 49 - 49 = 0

Answer = D
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