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For how many real values of x is this expression equal to zero?

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For how many real values of x is this expression equal to zero?

\(\frac{x^3−x^2−6x}{(4−x^2)^2}\)

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4
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New post 21 Nov 2018, 08:26
For this question, we can ignore the denominator, for it cannot be zero, and focus on values that yield '0' in the numerator.

x^3-x^2-6x can be simplified to:

x(x^2-x-6)
x(x+2)(x-3)

which gives us two real values (-2) and (3) that will result in '0' in the numerator.

the answer is [C] I believe
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Numerator can be zero for 3 values.
0, -2, 3
but for x=-2 denominator will be zero, which will yield 0/0 that is not desirable.
So only two values of x are acceptable here.
C is correct choice.
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gvij2017 wrote:
Numerator can be zero for 3 values.
0, -2, 3
but for x=-2 denominator will be zero, which will yield 0/0 that is not desirable.
So only two values of x are acceptable here.
C is correct choice.


Why is 0/0 not desirable if the question asks for the expression to be 0 ?
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shobhiitgupta wrote:
gvij2017 wrote:
Numerator can be zero for 3 values.
0, -2, 3
but for x=-2 denominator will be zero, which will yield 0/0 that is not desirable.
So only two values of x are acceptable here.
C is correct choice.


Why is 0/0 not desirable if the question asks for the expression to be 0 ?



Because anything divided by 0 does not results to 0 rather its undefined.
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