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In the equation x^2 + mx + n = 0, x is a variable and m and n are constants. What is the value of n ?

(1) x + 2 is a factor of x^2 + mx + n
(2) The equation x^2 + mx + n = 0 has only one root
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In the equation x^2 + mx + n = 0, x is a variable and m and n are constants. What is the value of n ?

(1) x + 2 is a factor of x2 + mx + n
(2) The equation x^2 + mx + n = 0 has only one root



hi..
Bunuel, typo in x2 + mx + n..

lets see the statements

(1) x + 2 is a factor of \(x^2 + mx + n\)
the equation has two roots and 'n' is the product of these TWO roots..
Only one -2 is known
Insuff


(2) The equation \(x^2 + mx + n = 0\) has only one root
this means \(n = root^2\)
insuff


combined

we know that the equation has one root and -2 is a root ..
so n= (-2)^2=4
sufficient
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In the equation x^2 + mx + n = 0, x is a variable and m and n are constants. What is the value of n ?

(1) x + 2 is a factor of x2 + mx + n
(2) The equation x^2 + mx + n = 0 has only one root



hi..
Bunuel, typo in x2 + mx + n..

lets see the statements

(1) x + 2 is a factor of \(x^2 + mx + n\)
the equation has two roots and 'n' is the product of these TWO roots..
Only one -2 is known
Insuff


(2) The equation \(x^2 + mx + n = 0\) has only one root
this means \(n = root^2\)
insuff


combined

we know that the equation has one root and -2 is a root ..
so n= (-2)^2=4
sufficient
C

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Bunuel wrote:
In the equation x^2 + mx + n = 0, x is a variable and m and n are constants. What is the value of n ?

(1) x + 2 is a factor of x^2 + mx + n
(2) The equation x^2 + mx + n = 0 has only one root


(1) gives us x=-2 follows the equation
4-2m+n=0
n-2m=-4
one equation 2 variables
not sufficient

(2) only one root then m^2-4n=0
m^2 = 4n
one equation two variables
not sufficient

on combining
we have
n-2m=-4 & m^2 = 4n

can be solved to get the values of m & n
4n=16+8m=m^2
m^2-8m-16=0
m=4 and n=4
Also since n = r1*r2
but only one root i.e. -2
n=(-2)^2 = 4
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(1) x + 2 is a factor of x^2 + mx + n

implies that x = -2
putting the value we get 4-2m+n = 0
insufficient

(2) The equation x^2 + mx + n = 0 has only one root
only one root implies that the roots are equal
for equal root = -b/2a
insufficient

combining 1 & 2
roots are equal and root is -2
so -b/2a = -2
=> -m/2 = -2
m = 4
and putting that value in equation from 1
4-2(4)+n =0
n=4
C is sufficient.

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In the equation x^2 + mx + n = 0, x is a variable and m and n are constants. What is the value of n ?

(1) x + 2 is a factor of x^2 + mx + n
(2) The equation x^2 + mx + n = 0 has only one root


We need to determine the value of n.

Statement One Alone:

x + 2 is a factor of x^2 + mx + n.

Let f(x) = x^2 + mx + n. If x + 2 is a factor of x^2 + mx + n, then by the factor theorem, f(-2) = 0. That is, (-2)^2 + m(-2) + n = 0 or 4 - 2m + n = 0. However, since we don’t know the value of m, we can’t determine the value of n. Statement one alone is not sufficient to answer the question.

Statement Two Alone:

The equation x^2 + mx + n = 0 has only one root.

Let r be the root. Then we can express x^2 + mx + n as (x - r)^2:

x^2 + mx + n = (x - r)^2

x^2 + mx + n = x^2 - 2rx + r^2

We see that m = -2r and n = r^2. Since we don’t know the value of m or r, we can’t determine the value of n. Statement two alone is not sufficient to answer the question.

Statements One and Two Together:

Since statement one states that x + 2 is a factor of x^2 + mx + n, x = -2 is a root of the equation x^2 + mx + nx = 0. Furthermore, since statement two states that there is only one root, x = -2 must be a double root. That is, x^2 + mx + n = (x + 2)^2:

x^2 + mx + n = (x + 2)^2

x^2 + mx + n = x^2 + 4x + 4

We see that m = 4 and n = 4.

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