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xcusemeplz2009 wrote:
A quadratic function f(x) attains a max of 3 at x =1, the value of the function at x =0 is 1.the value of f(x) at x =10 is

a)-159,
b)-110,
c)-180,
d)-105,
e)-119

Pls explain

Nice explanation sriharimurthy.

I did some calculation mistake,
answer is A, -159.

My approach:

$$f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$$

Given for$$x=0$$, $$f(x)=1$$
so $$c=1$$
Given for $$x=1$$, $$f(x)=3$$
so $$a+b+c=3$$
$$a+b=2$$

now question is $$100a+10b+c=?$$
$$90a+10(a+b)+c$$
$$90a+21=?$$

a, b, and c are integers

now pick an answer choice for which a is an integer

$$90a+21=-159$$
$$a=-2$$

so A is the answer.

Originally posted by swatirpr on 07 Dec 2009, 14:13.
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xcusemeplz2009 wrote:
A quadratic function f(x) attains a max of 3 at x =1, the value of the function at x =0 is 1.the value of f(x) at x =10 is

a)-159,
b)-110,
c)-180,
d)-105,
e)-119

Pls explain

Let the quadratic function be : $$f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c$$

Given : $$f(0) = 1$$

Substituting this in our equation we get : $$c = 1$$

Thus our function becomes : $$f(x) = ax^2 + bx + 1$$

Given : $$f(1) = 3$$ is the max value of 'x'.

If 'x' is maximum at x = 1, then $$\frac{d}{dx}f(x) = 0$$ at x = 1

$$\frac{d}{dx}f(x) = 2ax + b = 0$$ Therefore, putting value of x =1 we get $$b = -2a$$

Now going back to $$f(1) = 3$$, we get $$a + b + 1 = 3$$ --> $$a - 2a + 1 = 3$$

Thus, $$a = -2$$ and $$b = 4$$

So our quadratic function is : $$f(x) = -2x^2 + 4x + 1$$

Thus $$f(10) = -159$$

Answer : A

Ps. I doubt this is a GMAT problem. Please mention the source.

wow!!
grt job
i solved lke this and got -159 ,but was not sure abt the ans

let f(x) = ax2 + bx +c

at x = 0 value of f(x) = 1 so equation becomes

1 = c

since it attains max of 3 at x =1

3 = a+b+c put c=1

a+b = 2

now differntiate f(x) we will get 2ax +b =0 since it attains max at x =1 relaion becomes 2a = -b

now u will get values of a=-2,b =4 nd c =1

f(x) = -2x2 + 4x + 1

now put x = 10 nd answer is -159
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xcusemeplz2009 wrote:
A quadratic function f(x) attains a max of 3 at x =1, the value of the function at x =0 is 1.the value of f(x) at x =10 is

a)-159,
b)-110,
c)-180,
d)-105,
e)-119

Pls explain

Not sure this would be on the GMAT, seems you should use calculus for this.

ax^2+bx+c=0

f(1)=3=a+b+c
f(0)=1=c

f'(x)= 2xa+b.

since the max is 3, f'(1)=0. Thus, 0=2a+b--> b=-2a --> 2=a-2a --> -2=a

f(10) = -2*100+10(4)+1 --> -159
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You've got 3 points and 3 equations, so you could use a system of equations to solve.
Coordinates: (1,3) Given, (0,1) Given, and (2,1) Implied. I got (2,1) by doing a really rough sketch and seeing that (2,1) is a mirror of (0,1) with (1,3) as the max.

3 systems in quadratic form:
a(1)^2 + b(1) + c = 3
a(0)^2 + b(0) + c = 1
a(2)^2 + b(2) + c = 1

a + b + c = 3
c = 1
4a + 2b + c = 1

Solving this would yield a = -2, b = 4, c = 1.
f(x) = -2x^2 + 4x + 1

Then, just plug in 10 for x and solve.
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Hey guys,

I understand how you arrived at the f(x)=ax^2+bx+c, but you I don't fully understand how you arrived at 2x^2+4x+1. Could you please explain a little more?

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Hey guys,

I understand how you arrived at the f(x)=ax^2+bx+c, but you I don't fully understand how you arrived at 2x^2+4x+1. Could you please explain a little more?

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We have the function $$f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$$.

Stem: the value of the function at x =0 is 1.

Substitute x by 0 --> $$f(0)=1=a*0^2+b*0+c$$ --> $$c=1$$, hence the function becomes: $$f(x)=ax^2+bx+1$$.

Stem: A quadratic function f(x) attains a max of 3 at x =1.

$$f_{max}(1)=3=ax^2+bx+1=a*1^2+b*1+1=a+b+1$$, --> $$a+b+1=3$$ --> $$a+b=2$$.

Also the property of quadratic function:

The maximum (or minimum if a>0) of the quadratic function $$f(x)=ax^2+bx+c$$ is the y coordinate (the value of f(x)) of the vertex of the given quadratic function, which is parabola.

The vertex of the parabola is located at the point $$(-\frac{b}{2a},$$ $$c-\frac{b^2}{4a})$$.

Given: A quadratic function f(x) attains a max of 3 at x =1 --> coordinates of the vertex are (1, 3) --> $$-\frac{b}{2a}=1$$, $$c-\frac{b^2}{4a}=3$$

So we have:
$$a+b=2$$
and:
$$-\frac{b}{2a}=1$$

From this $$a=-2$$ and $$b=4$$. so the function is: $$f(x)=-2x^2+4x+1$$

Hope it's clear.
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I was not aware about the concept of maximum value of quadratic equation is ($$\frac{-b}{2a}, c-\frac{b^2}{4a}$$). This goes in my notebook.

However, I used POE technique.

f(x) = $$ax^2 +bx+c$$

x=1, a+b+c =3
x=0, c=1
Hence, a+b = 2 or b = 2-a

So, f(10) = 100a+10b+c = 100a + 10(2-a) +c = 90a + 21 = 3(30a + 7)

So, we understand the value is a multiple of 3. Hence, shortlisting a)-159, c)-180, d)-105

Now, 90a+21. the last digit can end up in 1 if a is =+ve or 9 if a is -ve

Only option with last digit 9 is a) -159

Hence A.
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A quadratic function f(x) attains a max of 3 at x =1, the value of the function at x =0 is 1.the value of f(x) at x =10 is

a)-159,
b)-110,
c)-180,
d)-105,
e)-119

Pls explain

Here, the function takes the max value of 3 at x = 1. So it is a downward open parabola.

Say it is $$f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c$$
Since its value is 1 at x = 0, we get c = 1.

Also at x = 1, $$a + b + 1 = 3$$
So a + b = 2

Since the graph takes the max value at x = 1, we know that -b/2a = 1. So b = -2a.
Using this in the equation above, we get a = -2 and b = 4

So f(x) becomes $$-2x^2 + 4x + 1$$.

When x = 10, we get -159.

Answer (A)
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I used this form:

y = +- a(x-k)^2 + c

Since the question specifically indicates that a maximum value is present, then the parabola should be facing downwards (a should be negative)

y = -a(x-k)^2 + c

Knowing that the function is maximum at x = 1, therefore, k = 1. We can see here that whatever happens, the term (x-k)^2 is greater than or equal to zero. In order to maximize, we must make sure that this part of the expression will be minimum; hence, equal to 0.

we now know that k = 1, and c = 3.

y = -a(x-1)^2 + 3

To get the value of a, use the second constraint. At x = 0, a should be equal to 2 so that y = 1.

y = -2(x-1)^2 + 3

Substitute x = 10 to get the answer.

Answer is -159.
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When a quadratic function opens downward, the apex or vertex is the maximum value of f(x) that can be achieved.

The quadratic function for a downward opening parabola should take the form:

F(X) = a(X)^2 + b(X) + c

Where the value of the a coefficient will be Negative

The maximum value or vertex will occur at the vertical line given by the X -Coordinate of:

X = -b / (2a)

Since we are told that this maximum occurs at f(x) = 3 when X = 1

1 = -b / (2a)

2a = -b

b = -2a

Additionally, we are told that we X = 0, the Y -Intercept will be 1 ————> c = 1

Plugging in:
b = -2a
c = 1

f(x) = a(X)^2 - 2a(X) + 1

Finally, we can plug in the coordinate of (1 , 3) to find the value of a

3 = a(1)^2 - 2a(1) + 1

2 = a - 2a

2 = -a

Or

a = -2

And

b = +4

The function will take the form:

F(X) = -2(X)^2 + 4(X) + 1

Plugging in the X coordinate of 10, we get:

F(10) = -200 + 40 + 1

Answer

-159

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You've got 3 points and 3 equations, so you could use a system of equations to solve.
Coordinates: (1,3) Given, (0,1) Given, and (2,1) Implied. I got (2,1) by doing a really rough sketch and seeing that (2,1) is a mirror of (0,1) with (1,3) as the max.

3 systems in quadratic form:
a(1)^2 + b(1) + c = 3
a(0)^2 + b(0) + c = 1
a(2)^2 + b(2) + c = 1

a + b + c = 3
c = 1
4a + 2b + c = 1

Solving this would yield a = -2, b = 4, c = 1.
f(x) = -2x^2 + 4x + 1

Then, just plug in 10 for x and solve.

This solution is easier using co-ordinate geometry, rather than differencian formula f(max)=-b/2a
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