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If x is an integer, how many possible values of x exist for \(x^2+5|x|+6=0 ?\)

A. 4
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1
E. 0
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When x <0
The equation will become x^2 -5x+6=0. The two roots are 3 and 2 going against the range of x .
If we take x>0, x^2 +5x+6=0 and two roots will be -3, and -2.
This too goes against the range of x. So zero solutions.
Another way of looking at this will be to observe that all the three terms of the equation are each greater than zero. So the equation will never be zero and hence no or zero solution.

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By range of x what are you suggesting that? X is an integer.

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If x is an integer, how many possible values of x exist for \(x^2+5|x|+6=0 ?\)

A. 4
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1
E. 0

Looking at other posts, I might be oversimplifying here . . . Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

One method: check the signs of the terms.

The squared term is positive (or nonnegative if x=0).

The term whose product is (+5) * (some nonnegative or positive number because absolute value nonnegative or positive), is positive or nonnegative (if x = 0).

The constant is positive.

You cannot sum three positive numbers, or two zeros (if x=0) and a positive, and get zero. No values will work.

Answer E

Another way: If "check the signs method" doesn't occur to you, try factoring the quadratic as if there were no absolute value bars around the x in the second term.

\(x^2+5x+6=0\)
(x + 3)(x + 2)

So x = -3 or -2

Check the values. Plug -3 and -2 into original equation.

Neither works:
-3: 9 + 15 + 6 does not equal zero.

From the pattern of positive terms that result when plugging in a negative number (squared term is positive, absolute value term is positive, constant is positive), -2 will not work either.

From the (+) + (+) + (+) pattern: you cannot get to 0 with three positive numbers. No values will work.

Answer E
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DH99 wrote:
If x is an integer, how many possible values of x exist for \(x^2+5|x|+6=0 ?\)

A. 4
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1
E. 0

Looking at other posts, I might be oversimplifying here . . . Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

One method: check the signs of the terms.

The squared term is positive.

The term whose product is (+5) * (some positive number because absolute value is positive), is positive.

The constant is positive.

You cannot sum three positive numbers and get zero. No values will work.

Answer E

Another way: If "check the signs method" doesn't occur to you, try factoring the quadratic as if there were no absolute value bars around the x in the second term.

\(x^2+5x+6=0\)
(x + 3)(x + 2)

So x = -3 or -2

Check the values. Plug -3 and -2 into original equation.

Neither works:
-3: 9 + 15 + 6 does not equal zero.

From the pattern of positive terms that result when plugging in a negative number (squared term is positive, absolute value term is positive, constant is positive), -2 will not work either.

From the (+) + (+) + (+) pattern: you cannot get to 0 with three positive numbers. No values will work.

Answer E

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I like your "One method: check the signs of the terms." very much.+1 kudos given. So, it will be true for any quadratic equation in the form ax^2+b|x|+c=0 as long a,b and c are positive?
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I like your "One method: check the signs of the terms." very much.+1 kudos given. So, it will be true for any quadratic equation in the form ax^2+b|x|+c=0 as long a,b and c are positive?

Yes -- but also nonnegative (x = 0 especially, or a AND b = 0) . . . as long as c is positive.

In other words, if your first two terms result in the nonnegative 0, check c. Positive? No solution. You can't add a positive number to zero and get zero.

Sometimes you will see posters insist that there is no such thing as the absolute value of 0.

Because absolute value is a distance (from point of origin, often 0) there is such a thing: |0| is 0. Zero is 0 distance away from zero.

Come to think of it, though the coefficients wouldn't work in the factor method part, I'm going to amend the first part my answer to include nonnegative! Thanks. :-)
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New post 07 Aug 2017, 12:48
a tricky one :)
x^2+5|x|+6=0

can be written as
(|x| + 3) (|x| + 2) = 0 as |x|^2 always = x^2
then no solution for 0 as there is no negative value for |x|
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\(x^2 = |x||x\)|
given \(x^2 + 5|x| + 6 = 0\)

Method1:
Let a = |x|
a^2 + 5a + 6 = 0
roots: a = -2, -3
|x| = -2, |x| = -3
modulus can never be negative, so no solution exists

Method 2:
\(x^2 + 5|x| + 6 = 0\) => to hold this, \(x^2 + 5|x| = -6\), but modulus can never be negative as the minimum value is 0, so solution exists
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DHAR wrote:
If x is an integer, how many possible values of x exist for \(x^2+5|x|+6=0 ?\)

A. 4
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1
E. 0



Humbly I think that it´s much easier to think in the way that \(x^2+5|x|+6=0\) is gonna have to suffer a check for strenuous roots afterwards; thus, it´s not necessary to solve or to do absolutely anything with the equation, and it´s just enough that your bubble lights up with the strenuous nuance and say to youself:

"okay, the absolute-value term is always positive, and so is the quadratic term, so there is simply no way that a solution exists that can make the left side side equal to the right".


Conclusion: 0 solutions.


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RooIgle wrote:
DHAR wrote:
If x is an integer, how many possible values of x exist for \(x^2+5|x|+6=0 ?\)

A. 4
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1
E. 0

Humbly I think that it´s much easier to think in the way that \(x^2+5|x|+6=0\) is gonna have to suffer a check for strenuous roots afterwards; thus, it´s not necessary to solve or to do absolutely anything with the equation, and it´s just enough that your bubble lights up with the strenuous nuance and say to youself:

"okay, the absolute-value term is always positive, and so is the quadratic term, so there is simply no way that a solution exists that can make the left side side equal to the right".

Conclusion: 0 solutions.
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New post 15 Apr 2018, 12:06
+1 for option E. The equation can be re-written as |x|^2+5|x|+6=0. Solving we get |x|=-3,-2. This clearly not possible. Hence no value of x will yield the required value. Hence option E.
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