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If a^3 + a^2 – a – 1 = 0, then which one of the following could be the value of a?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

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\(a^3 + a^2 – a – 1 = 0\)
\(a^2(a + 1) – 1(a + 1) = 0\)
\((a^2 -1) (a + 1) = 0\)
\(a^2 = 1\) or a = -1

So as you can see there are no -ive values present in the answer options.

Correct answer will be B.
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UB001 wrote:
If a^3 + a^2 – a – 1 = 0, then which one of the following could be the value of a?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

\({a^3} + {a^2} = a + 1\)

\(?\,\,\,:\,\,\,{\rm{could}}\,\,{\rm{be}}\,\,a\)

Let´s do a trivial alternatives INSPECTION:

\(\left( A \right)\,\,0\mathop = \limits^? 1\,\,\,{\rm{no}}\)

\(\left( B \right)\,\,2\mathop = \limits^? 2\,\,\,{\rm{yes}}\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,? = 1\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\left( {\rm{B}} \right)\)


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