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How many positive integral values of P are possible, if f(x)= x^2-8x+

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How many positive integral values of P are possible, if \(f(x)= x^2-8x+P\), and f(1) and f(2) are opposite in sign ?

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How many positive integral values of P are possible, if \(f(x)= x^2-8x+P\), and f(1) and f(2) are opposite in sign ?

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\(f(x)= x^2-8x+P\).......\(f(1)= 1^2-8*1+P=P-7\) and \(f(2)= 2^2-8*2+P=P-12\)
Two cases for opposite sign
(I) f(1)>0 and f(2)<0
P-7>0...P>7
P-12<0...P<12
7<P<12
Integral solutions of P are 8, 9, 10 and 11 ----So 4 integral values
(II) f(1)<0 and f(2)>0
P-7<0...P<7
P-12>0...P>12
P<7 and P>12...No solution possible as both range do not have any common values.

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