If #p# = ap3+ bp – 1 where a and b are constants, and #-5# = 3, what is the value of #5#?
The answer I found was (5) and here is how I solved the question.
for #-5# = 3, here is the equation -125a – 5b – 1 = 3
For #5#, the equation is 125a + 5b – 1 = X
then to find X, I substract the first equation from the second one
-125a – 5b – 1 = 3
125a + 5b – 1 = X
that gives -2 = 3-x, so x = 5
Your approach is much better than that of MGMAT's. Though there are two problems:
When you subtract equations you'll get: -250a-10b=3-x
(so you subtracted incorrectly) and this doesn't work.
What you should have done is to add equations instead of subtracting: -125a-5b-1+125a+5b-1=3+x
Hope it helps.
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