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If (t- 8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, then k=

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If (t- 8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, then k=

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\((t - 8)\) is a factor of \(t^2 - kt - 48\) means that \(t = 8\) is a solution of the equation \(t^2 - kt - 48 = 0\).

Substitute\(t = 8\) to get the value of k: \(8^2 - 8k - 48 = 0\) --> \(k = 2\).

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Factoring the expression:
(t - 8) (t - ?), since (t - 8) is a factor, the other bracket has to be (t + 6).
The net result is -2. So (B)? Not sure of the answer because I got lost with the signs a bit.

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Put the value of t-8=0, or t=8 in equation t^2+kt+48=0: Solving we get k=2.

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If (t- 8) is a factor of \(t^2 - kt - 48\), then k=

(A) - 6
(8) - 2
(C) 2
(0) 6
(E) 14


It is given that \((t - 8)\) is a factor of the quadratic expression \(t^2 - kt - 48\)
Hence, we need to find the other factor of \(-48\) such that the sum of factors is\(-(\frac{-k}{1})=k\).

Thus, \((8) * x = -48\)

Or, \(x = -6\)

So, \(k = 8 + (- 6) = 2\)

Answer: (C)

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-8 x ?? = -48
?? = 6, so the other factor is 6
(t-8)(t+6) would be the two factors
-k = -8+6
-k = -2
k=2 Answer = C
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Vieta's formulas applied to quadratic: x1+x2= -b/a & x1*x2=c/a
From what is given in the question: -8+x2=-k and -8*x2=-48
so, x2=6 and thus -8+6=-k i.e. k=2
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since (t-8) is a factor, then: (8)^2 - 8k - 48 = 0,
-8k = -16
k = 2.
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In this question, I didn't understand this step:

(t−8)(t−8) is a factor of t2−kt−48t2−kt−48 means that t=8t=8 is a solution of the equation t2−kt−48=0t2−kt−48=0.

Why do we assume both equations are equal to 0?
What is the rationale of this step? It would be great if someone could explain with examples, or with videos.

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If (t-8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, then k =

A(6)
B(-2)
C(2)
D(6)
E(14)

Can someone explain how the answer isnt 6?


(t-8)(t+6) = t^2 - 14 -48

---->Your red part is somewhat mistake; you can't find (t-8)(t+6) = t^2 - 14 -48. Actually, (t-8)(t+6)=t^2-2t-48.
***Can someone explain how the answer isnt 6?
---->if you put put the value of k=6 in t^2 - kt - 48, then you can't find (t-8) as a factor. So, that's why it wrong. But, if k=2, then
t^2 - kt - 48=t^2 - 2t - 48=>t^-8t+6t-48=>t(t-8)+6(t-8)=>(t-8) (t+6). So, the green part is the factor according to question stem.
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If (t-8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, then k =

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Can someone explain how the answer isnt 6?

(t-8)(t+6) = t^2 - 14 -48


We were asked to find the value of k but not the factors of the given expression. -6 will be a factor of the expression, apart from 8. If you want to know k, substitute 8 in the value of t or -6, both will give you the value of K as 2. Here by using 8 directly, gives us the result quicker.

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If (t- 8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, then k=

(A) - 6
(B) - 2
(C) 2
(D) 6
(E) 14


Since (t - 8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, t = 8 must be a root of the equation t^2 - kt - 48 = 0. We can substitute 8 for t and determine a value for k.

8^2 - 8k - 48 = 0

64 - 8k = 48

-8k = -16

k = 2

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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

If (t- 8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, then k=

(A) - 6
(B) - 2
(C) 2
(D) 6
(E) 14

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This problem is a good one in a few ways because it has a trap that's useful to learn from and it can be solved in two ways.

The simplest method is to realize that t = 8 is a root of the quadratic (as given), plug it into the equation and solve for k directly.

8^2 - k(8) - 48 = 0
K =2

The other method involves breaking up the quadratic into its roots: (t-8)(t+6) = 0
-Kt = -8t + 6t by FOIL
-k = -2
k = 2

However, it's common to set kt = -2t and thus set oneself up for the trap k = 2, one of the answer choices. So it's important to remember that -kt is an entire term, not just kt itself, so you need to set the entire term = -2t.

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Bunuel wrote:
The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

If (t- 8) is a factor of t^2 - kt - 48, then k=

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(D) 6
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hello Bunuel
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t-8 = k
t = k+8
Plug in T into t^2 - kt – 48
- k^2+8^2 – k(k+8) – 48
-k^2+8^2 – K^2-8k– 48
After i eliminate k^2; and – K^2
I get this 64-8k-48
-8k= -64+48
-8k= -16
then k = 2

Ans K = 2

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