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If (x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x, what is a possible value of x?

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Bunuel wrote:
If (x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x, what is a possible value of x?

(A) 1
(B) 1/2
(C) 1/3
(D) -1/3
(E) -1/2


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3x^2+x+12x+4=3x^2+x
12x+4=0
x=-1/3
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(x+4)(3x+1) = 3x^2+x

=> 3x^2 + x + 12x +4 = 3x^2 + x
=> 12x+4 = 0
=> 12x = -4
=> x=-1/3

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Bunuel wrote:
If (x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x, what is a possible value of x?

(A) 1
(B) 1/2
(C) 1/3
(D) -1/3
(E) -1/2


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Expand the expression: (x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x to:

3x^2+x+12x+4 = 3x^2 +x , subtract 3x^2 from both sides
13x + 4 = x
12x = -4
x = -1/3

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Bunuel wrote:
If (x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x, what is a possible value of x?

(A) 1
(B) 1/2
(C) 1/3
(D) -1/3
(E) -1/2


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Rearranging the given expression:
(x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x
i.e. 3x^2 + 13x + 4 = 3x^2 + x
i.e. 12x = -4
i.e. x = -4/12 = -1/3

Answer: Option D

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Simplifying this equation is my approach here

The equation is

(x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x

or,3x^2 +x +12x +4=3x^2 +x
or,12x=-4
or,x=-4/12
or,x=-1/3

So the Correct answer is D
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New post 17 Jan 2016, 15:23
Hi, Bunuel!
I solved this problem differently, but not sure if it's mathematically right:
(x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2+ x
(x+4)(3x + 1)=x(3x+1)
(x+4)(3x+1)-x(3x+1)=0
(x+4-x)(3x+1)=0
so, first bracket is invalid, but second 3x=-1 gives the right answer x=-1/3.
What do you think :?:
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Hi, Bunuel!
I solved this problem differently, but not sure if it's mathematically right:
(x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2+ x
(x+4)(3x + 1)=x(3x+1)
(x+4)(3x+1)-x(3x+1)=0
(x+4-x)(3x+1)=0
so, first bracket is invalid, but second 3x=-1 gives the right answer x=-1/3.
What do you think :?:


This is correct. There is no such thing as "so, first bracket is invalid".

Once you get (x+4-x)(3x+1)=0 ---> (4)(3x+1)=0 ---> means that the product of 4 and 3x+1 is =0 ---> This can only happen if either one of them or both of them are zero.

Both can not be zero as one of it is already 4. Thus, it must be then that (3x+1)=0 ---> x=-1/3

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\((x+4)(3x+1)=3x^2+x\)
simplifying the given expression
\(3x^2+13x+4=3x^2+x\)
12x=-4
x=\(\frac{-1}{3}\)
correct answer option D
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If (x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x, what is a possible value of x?

(x + 4)(3x + 1) = 3x^2 + x
or,3x^2 +x +12x +4=3x^2 +x
or,12x=-4
or,x=-4/12
or,x=-1/3

correct answer D
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