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GMAT 1: 720 Q50 V37 a and b are roots of the equation x2 - px + 12 = 0. If the difference  [#permalink]

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a and b are roots of the equation $$x^{2}$$ - px + 12 = 0. If the difference between the roots is at least 12, what is the range of values p can take?

A. (0, 2)
B. (-2, 2)
C. (-∞, -2) or (-2, 2)
D. (-2, 0)
E. (2, 12)
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a and b are roots of the equation x2 - px + 12 = 0. If the difference  [#permalink]

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a+b=p
ab=12

Also, a-b ≥ 12

a^2+b^2-2ab ≥ 144
a^2+b^2+2ab -4ab ≥ 144

(a+b)^2 - 48 ≥ 144
(a+b)^2 ≥ 192

$$|a+b| ≥ 8\sqrt{3}$$

p ∈ (-∞, $$-8\sqrt{3}$$] U [$$8\sqrt{3}$$, ∞)

OA is not correct imo. Between -2 and 2, equation doesn't even has real roots.

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a and b are roots of the equation $$x^{2}$$ - px + 12 = 0. If the difference between the roots is at least 12, what is the range of values p can take?

A. (0, 2)
B. (-2, 2)
C. (-∞, -2) or (-2, 2)
D. (-2, 0)
E. (2, 12)

Originally posted by nick1816 on 25 Nov 2019, 14:56.
Last edited by nick1816 on 30 Nov 2019, 11:37, edited 1 time in total.
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Bumping up for discussion Re: a and b are roots of the equation x2 - px + 12 = 0. If the difference   [#permalink] 30 Nov 2019, 07:40
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