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The next set of medium/hard PS algebra questions. I'll post OA's with detailed explanations after some discussion. Please, post your solutions along with the answers.

1. If \(x=\sqrt[4]{x^3+6x^2}\), then the sum of all possible solutions for x is:

For the first question, what do you mean by "But X cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression"?

\(x\) cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression (\(\sqrt[even]{expression}\geq{0}\)), thus only two solution are valid \(x=0\) and \(x=3\).

When the GMAT provides the square root sign for an even root, such as \(\sqrt{x}\) or \(\sqrt[4]{x}\), then the only accepted answer is the positive root. That is, \(\sqrt{25}=5\), NOT +5 or -5. Even roots have only non-negative value on the GMAT.

In contrast, the equation \(x^2=25\) has TWO solutions, \(\sqrt{25}=+5\) and \(-\sqrt{25}=-5\).

So, we need to maximize the value of \(-3(x-2)^2-2(y+3)^2-9\).

Since, the maximum value of \(-3(x-2)^2\) and \(-2(y+3)^2\) is zero, then the maximum value of the whole expression is \(0+0-9=-9\).

Answer: B.

Hi Bunuel,

Just as a matter of fact can you please explain that how you reached to factorization. In other words how a candidate will decide how to split -39 between (X,Y).

Your reply is appreciated !!

Rgds, TGC !! _________________

Rgds, TGC! _____________________________________________________________________ I Assisted You => KUDOS Please _____________________________________________________________________________

So, we need to maximize the value of \(-3(x-2)^2-2(y+3)^2-9\).

Since, the maximum value of \(-3(x-2)^2\) and \(-2(y+3)^2\) is zero, then the maximum value of the whole expression is \(0+0-9=-9\).

Answer: B.

Hi Bunuel,

Just as a matter of fact can you please explain that how you reached to factorization. In other words how a candidate will decide how to split -39 between (X,Y).

Your reply is appreciated !!

Rgds, TGC !!

I completed the squares for -3x^2 + 12x - ... and for -2y^2 - 12y-... So, I asked myself what do I need there in order to have (a+b)^2.

[ Take the given expression to the 4th power: \(x^4=x^3+6x^2\);

Re-arrange and factor out x^2: \(x^2(x^2-x-6)=0\);

Factorize: \(x^2(x-3)(x+2)=0\);

So, the roots are \(x=0\), \(x=3\) and \(x=-2\). But \(x\) cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression (\(\sqrt{expression}\geq{0}\)), thus only two solution are valid \(x=0\) and \(x=3\).

The sum of all possible solutions for x is 0+3=3.

Answer: D.

Hi Bunuel, Request you to please let me know where I'm making a mistake.

Since \(x^3+6*x^2 >= 0\) Then, \(x^2(x+6)>=0\)

i.e \((x-0)^2(x-(-6))>=0\) This implies that\(x>=-6\) Hence, x=-2 is a valid root, and sum of all roots should be\(x=3+(-2) = 1\) Please let me know where I am going wrong.

Thanks

Plug x=-2 into \(x=\sqrt[4]{x^3+6x^2}\). Does the equation hold true?

Hi Brunel if say x=16. x^1/2 has two values +4 & -4. So why x^1/4 cannot have +2 & -2 as as values ? Please explain

Take the given expression to the 4th power: \(x^4=x^3+6x^2\);

Re-arrange and factor out x^2: \(x^2(x^2-x-6)=0\);

Factorize: \(x^2(x-3)(x+2)=0\);

So, the roots are \(x=0\), \(x=3\) and \(x=-2\). But \(x\) cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression (\(\sqrt{expression}\geq{0}\)), thus only two solution are valid \(x=0\) and \(x=3\).

The sum of all possible solutions for x is 0+3=3.

Answer: D.

Hi Bunuel, Request you to please let me know where I'm making a mistake.

Since \(x^3+6*x^2 >= 0\) Then, \(x^2(x+6)>=0\)

i.e \((x-0)^2(x-(-6))>=0\) This implies that\(x>=-6\) Hence, x=-2 is a valid root, and sum of all roots should be\(x=3+(-2) = 1\) Please let me know where I am going wrong.

Thanks

Plug x=-2 into \(x=\sqrt[4]{x^3+6x^2}\). Does the equation hold true?

Hi Brunel if say x=16. x^1/2 has two values +4 & -4. So why x^1/4 cannot have +2 & -2 as as values ? Please explain

First of all it's 4th root not 2nd root. Next, \(\sqrt[4]{16}=2\), not +2 or -2.

When the GMAT provides the square root sign for an even root, such as \(\sqrt{x}\) or \(\sqrt[4]{x}\), then the only accepted answer is the positive root. That is, \(\sqrt{25}=5\), NOT +5 or -5.

In contrast, the equation \(x^2=25\) has TWO solutions, +5 and -5. Even roots have only non-negative value on the GMAT.

Q1. Option D. Raising both LHS and RHS to fourth power,and making RHS=0 we get \(x^4-x^3-6x^2=0\) Taking \(x^2\) common and factorizing, \(x^2(x+2)(x-3)=0\) Three possible values of \(x\) are \(-2,3\) and \(0\) But \(x\) can't be \(-ve\). So sum of possible values=\(3\)

1. If \(x=\sqrt[4]{x^3+6x^2}\), then the sum of all possible solutions for x is:

A. -2 B. 0 C. 1 D. 3 E. 5

Take the given expression to the 4th power: \(x^4=x^3+6x^2\);

Re-arrange and factor out x^2: \(x^2(x^2-x-6)=0\);

Factorize: \(x^2(x-3)(x+2)=0\);

So, the roots are \(x=0\), \(x=3\) and \(x=-2\). But \(x\) cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression (\(\sqrt{expression}\geq{0}\)), thus only two solution are valid \(x=0\) and \(x=3\).

The sum of all possible solutions for x is 0+3=3.

Answer: D.

Bunuel, how do we know that both sides of the equation are positive? if x is a negativve then we cannot raise even power. _________________

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