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If (4 - x)/(2 + x) = x, what is the value of x^2 + 3x -4 ?

(A) -4
(B) -1
(C) 0
(D) 1
(E) 2
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If (4 - x)/(2 + x) = x, what is the value of x^2 + 3x -4 ?

(A) -4
(B) -1
(C) 0
(D) 1
(E) 2

$$\frac{4-x}{2+x}=x$$;

$$4-x=x*(2+x)$$;

$$4-x=2x+x^2$$;

$$x^2+3x-4=0$$.

As you can see there is no need to solve for x to answer the question.

Answer: C.
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dave13 wrote:

hey Gladiator59 thanks ! What do mean by "Not quite." do you mean that it is not always that quadratics equal ZERO ? Yeah dave13,

Precisely so. "Quadratics" may or may not equal 0. What does always equal zero is a "Quadratic equation".

So for example.

$$x^2 +3x - 4 = 0$$ could be re-written as
$$x^2 + 3x -3 = 1$$ ( adding 1 to both RHS and LHS )

Here the LHS is a "quadratic" expression that equals 1 (RHS)

More generally speaking .. quadratic expressions are parabolas and where the intersect the x-axis they equal zero.

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Simplify by keeping all the terms on side.
The equation becomes:

(4-x) = x*(2+x)

Now, expand the RHS of the equation:
(4-x) = 2x+x^2

Now, you see you already have a prt of the solution, a +ve x^2, so now, you need to move the LHS of the equation to the RHS and equate to 0:

0 = 2x+x^2-4+x

Simplify this further by adding 2x and x and voila!

x^2+3x-4 = 0

The answer is option C.
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Walkabout wrote:
If (4 - x)/(2 + x) = x, what is the value of x^2 + 3x -4 ?

(A) -4
(B) -1
(C) 0
(D) 1
(E) 2

$$\frac{(4 - x)}{(2 + x)} = x$$

Or, $$4 - x = 2x +x^2$$

Or, $$x^2 + 3x - 4 = 0$$

Thus, the answer must be (C) 0
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Walkabout wrote:
If (4 - x)/(2 + x) = x, what is the value of x^2 + 3x -4 ?

(A) -4
(B) -1
(C) 0
(D) 1
(E) 2

We can simplify the given equation by first multiplying each side of the equation by (2 + x).

(4 - x)/(2 + x) = x

4 - x = x(2 + x)

4 - x = x^2 + 2x

x^2 + 3x - 4 = 0

Answer: C
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Walkabout wrote:
If (4 - x)/(2 + x) = x, what is the value of x^2 + 3x -4 ?

(A) -4
(B) -1
(C) 0
(D) 1
(E) 2

guys by we already see from question that it is quadratic x^2 + 3x -4 and it always equals zero no ? Senior PS Moderator D
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dave13 wrote:
Walkabout wrote:
If (4 - x)/(2 + x) = x, what is the value of x^2 + 3x -4 ?

(A) -4
(B) -1
(C) 0
(D) 1
(E) 2

guys by we already see from question that it is quadratic x^2 + 3x -4 and it always equals zero no ? Not quite.

On solving the given equation ,

$$(4-x)/(2+x) = x$$
$$4-x = x*(2+x)$$
$$4-x = x^2 + 2x$$
$$0 = x^2 + 3x - 4$$

Hence 0.
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Gladiator59 wrote:
dave13 wrote:
Walkabout wrote:
If (4 - x)/(2 + x) = x, what is the value of x^2 + 3x -4 ?

(A) -4
(B) -1
(C) 0
(D) 1
(E) 2

guys by we already see from question that it is quadratic x^2 + 3x -4 and it always equals zero no ? Not quite.

On solving the given equation ,

$$(4-x)/(2+x) = x$$
$$4-x = x*(2+x)$$
$$4-x = x^2 + 2x$$
$$0 = x^2 + 3x - 4$$

Hence 0.

hey Gladiator59 thanks ! What do mean by "Not quite." do you mean that it is not always that quadratics equal ZERO ? Non-Human User Joined: 09 Sep 2013
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