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The next set of medium/hard PS algebra questions. I'll post OA's with detailed explanations after some discussion. Please, post your solutions along with the answers.1. If \(x=\sqrt[4]{x^3+6x^2}\), then the sum of all possible solutions for x is:A. 2 B. 0 C. 1 D. 3 E. 5 Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009482. The equation x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. What is the value of b?A. 64 B. 16 C. 15 D. 1/16 E. 1/64 Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009503. If a and b are positive numbers, such that a^2 + b^2 = m and a^2  b^2 = n, then ab in terms of m and n equals to:A. \(\frac{\sqrt{mn}}{2}\) B. \(\frac{\sqrt{mn}}{2}\) C. \(\frac{\sqrt{m^2n^2}}{2}\) D. \(\frac{\sqrt{n^2m^2}}{2}\) E. \(\frac{\sqrt{m^2+n^2}}{2}\) Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009564. What is the maximum value of 3x^2 + 12x 2y^2  12y  39 ?A. 39 B. 9 C. 0 D. 9 E. 39 Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009625. If x^2 + 2x 15 = m, where x is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive, what is the probability that m is greater than zero?A. 2/7 B. 1/3 C. 7/20 D. 2/5 E. 3/7 Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009706. If mn does not equal to zero, and m^2n^2 + mn = 12, then m could be:I. 4/n II. 2/n III. 3/n A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and II only E. I and III only Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009737. If x^4 = 29x^2  100, then which of the following is NOT a product of three possible values of x? I. 50 II. 25 III. 50 A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and II only E. I and III only Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009758. If m is a negative integer and m^3 + 380 = 381m , then what is the value of m?A. 21 B. 20 C. 19 D. 1 E. None of the above Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p12009809. If \(x=(\sqrt{5}\sqrt{7})^2\), then the best approximation of x is:A. 0 B. 1 C. 2 D. 3 E. 4 Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p120098210. If f(x) = 2x  1 and g(x) = x^2, then what is the product of all values of n for which f(n^2)=g(n+12) ?A. 145 B. 24 C. 24 D. 145 E. None of the above Solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/newalgebra ... l#p1200987Kudos points for each correct solution!!!
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Bunuel wrote: 2. The equation x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. What is the value of b?
A. 64 B. 16 C. 15 D. 1/16 E. 1/64
Since one of the roots of the equation \(x^2 + ax + 15 = 0\) is 3, then substituting we'll get: \(3^2+3a+15=0\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=8\).
Substitute \(a=8\) in the first equation: \(x^28xb=0\).
Now, we know that it has equal roots thus its discriminant must equal to zero: \(d=(8)^2+4b=0\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=16\).
Answer: B. Hi Bunuel, how come I cannot/should not solve this problem by treating them as if they are two equations and multiple unknowns? As in, x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 ; x^2 +ax b = 0. Subtract the two equations and you get 15+b=0 so b= 15. Thanks!



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flexman wrote: Bunuel wrote: 2. The equation x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. What is the value of b?
A. 64 B. 16 C. 15 D. 1/16 E. 1/64
Since one of the roots of the equation \(x^2 + ax + 15 = 0\) is 3, then substituting we'll get: \(3^2+3a+15=0\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=8\).
Substitute \(a=8\) in the first equation: \(x^28xb=0\).
Now, we know that it has equal roots thus its discriminant must equal to zero: \(d=(8)^2+4b=0\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=16\).
Answer: B. Hi Bunuel, how come I cannot/should not solve this problem by treating them as if they are two equations and multiple unknowns? As in, x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 ; x^2 +ax b = 0. Subtract the two equations and you get 15+b=0 so b= 15. Thanks! Because those are not simultaneous equations, those two are not given to be a system of equations.
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Bunuel wrote: Sorry, there was a typo in the stem .
5. If x^2 + 2x 15 = m, where x is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive, what is the probability that m is greater than zero?
A. 2/7 B. 1/3 C. 7/20 D. 2/5 E. 3/7
Rearrange the given equation: \(x^22x+15=m\).
Given that \(x\) is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive (21 values) we need to find the probability that \(x^22x+15\) is greater than zero, so the probability that \(x^22x+15>0\).
Factorize: \((x+5)(3x)>0\). This equation holds true for \(5<x<3\).
Since x is an integer then it can take the following 7 values: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 1, and 2.
So, the probability is 7/21=1/3.
Answer: B. Hello Bunnel, I did the same way as above except when x^22x+15 > 0, so took ve sign common as x^2+2x15 < 0 (x+5)(x3) < 0 x+5 < 0 or x 3 < 0 x < 5 or x < 3. So for me possible values are 6,78,9,10. Means 5/21. Any idea where am i wrong ?
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coolkl wrote: Bunuel wrote: Sorry, there was a typo in the stem .
5. If x^2 + 2x 15 = m, where x is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive, what is the probability that m is greater than zero?
A. 2/7 B. 1/3 C. 7/20 D. 2/5 E. 3/7
Rearrange the given equation: \(x^22x+15=m\).
Given that \(x\) is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive (21 values) we need to find the probability that \(x^22x+15\) is greater than zero, so the probability that \(x^22x+15>0\).
Factorize: \((x+5)(3x)>0\). This equation holds true for \(5<x<3\).
Since x is an integer then it can take the following 7 values: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 1, and 2.
So, the probability is 7/21=1/3.
Answer: B. Hello Bunnel, I did the same way as above except when x^22x+15 > 0, so took ve sign common as x^2+2x15 < 0 (x+5)(x3) < 0 x+5 < 0 or x 3 < 0 x < 5 or x < 3. So for me possible values are 6,78,9,10. Means 5/21. Any idea where am i wrong ? When you say that 6,78,9,10 satisfy the inequality, did you test any of these values? Ho did you solve (x+5)(x3) < 0 to get x < 5 or x < 3? What does x < 5 OR x < 3 even mean? It does not make sense... (x+5)(x3) < 0 holds true for 5 < x < 3. Check the links below for more: Inequality tipsInequalities Made Easy!Solving Quadratic Inequalities  Graphic ApproachWavy Line Method Application  Complex Algebraic InequalitiesDS Inequalities Problems PS Inequalities Problems
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Bunuel wrote: SOLUTIONs:
1. If \(x=\sqrt[4]{x^3+6x^2}\), then the sum of all possible solutions for x is:
A. 2 B. 0 C. 1 D. 3 E. 5
Take the given expression to the 4th power: \(x^4=x^3+6x^2\);
Rearrange and factor out x^2: \(x^2(x^2x6)=0\);
Factorize: \(x^2(x3)(x+2)=0\);
So, the roots are \(x=0\), \(x=3\) and \(x=2\). But \(x\) cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression (\(\sqrt{expression}\geq{0}\)), thus only two solution are valid \(x=0\) and \(x=3\).
The sum of all possible solutions for x is 0+3=3.
Answer: D. You have been clearing doubts , one more need your help. WHy X cannot take negative value? What I understand that If X=3 then (3)^4=(3)^4 .



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gmat4varun wrote: Bunuel wrote: SOLUTIONs:
1. If \(x=\sqrt[4]{x^3+6x^2}\), then the sum of all possible solutions for x is:
A. 2 B. 0 C. 1 D. 3 E. 5
Take the given expression to the 4th power: \(x^4=x^3+6x^2\);
Rearrange and factor out x^2: \(x^2(x^2x6)=0\);
Factorize: \(x^2(x3)(x+2)=0\);
So, the roots are \(x=0\), \(x=3\) and \(x=2\). But \(x\) cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression (\(\sqrt{expression}\geq{0}\)), thus only two solution are valid \(x=0\) and \(x=3\).
The sum of all possible solutions for x is 0+3=3.
Answer: D. You have been clearing doubts , one more need your help. WHy X cannot take negative value? What I understand that If X=3 then (3)^4=(3)^4 . Please read the whole thread. \(x\) cannot be negative as it equals to the even (4th) root of some expression (\(\sqrt{expression}\geq{0}\)). When the GMAT provides the square root sign for an even root, such as \(\sqrt{x}\) or \(\sqrt[4]{x}\), then the only accepted answer is the positive root. That is, \(\sqrt{25}=5\), NOT +5 or 5. Even roots have only a positive value on the GMAT.In contrast, the equation \(x^2=25\) has TWO solutions, +5 and 5.
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Bunuel wrote: 7. If x^4 = 29x^2  100, then which of the following is NOT a product of three possible values of x?
I. 50 II. 25 III. 50
A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and II only E. I and III only
Rearrange and factor for x^2: \((x^225)(x^24)=0\).
So, we have that \(x=5\), \(x=5\), \(x=2\), or \(x=2\).
\(50=5*(5)*2\); \(50=5*(5)*(2)\).
Only 25 is NOT a product of three possible values of x
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Bunuel wrote: 2. The equation x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. What is the value of b?
A. 64 B. 16 C. 15 D. 1/16 E. 1/64
Since one of the roots of the equation \(x^2 + ax + 15 = 0\) is 3, then substituting we'll get: \(3^2+3a+15=0\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=8\).
Substitute \(a=8\) in the first equation: \(x^28xb=0\).
Now, we know that it has equal roots thus its discriminant must equal to zero: \(d=(8)^2+4b=0\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=16\).
Answer: B. Hi Bunuel, hope you can help: In the description it says "has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation is ... 3". I know that when an equation has only one solution, the determinant needs to be zero. BUT: in the description it says "and one of the roots is ... 3" > therefore i would have never thought about setting the determinant equal to zero. Could you please explain where the hint is to know that it's necessary to set the determinant equal to zero? Thank you very much! Best regards



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andr3 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 2. The equation x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. What is the value of b?
A. 64 B. 16 C. 15 D. 1/16 E. 1/64
Since one of the roots of the equation \(x^2 + ax + 15 = 0\) is 3, then substituting we'll get: \(3^2+3a+15=0\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=8\).
Substitute \(a=8\) in the first equation: \(x^28xb=0\).
Now, we know that it has equal roots thus its discriminant must equal to zero: \(d=(8)^2+4b=0\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=16\).
Answer: B. Hi Bunuel, hope you can help: In the description it says "has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation is ... 3". I know that when an equation has only one solution, the determinant needs to be zero. BUT: in the description it says "and one of the roots is ... 3" > therefore i would have never thought about setting the determinant equal to zero. Could you please explain where the hint is to know that it's necessary to set the determinant equal to zero? Thank you very much! Best regards 1. x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots 2. One of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. Those are two different equations.
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Bunuel wrote: andr3 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 2. The equation x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. What is the value of b?
A. 64 B. 16 C. 15 D. 1/16 E. 1/64
Since one of the roots of the equation \(x^2 + ax + 15 = 0\) is 3, then substituting we'll get: \(3^2+3a+15=0\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=8\).
Substitute \(a=8\) in the first equation: \(x^28xb=0\).
Now, we know that it has equal roots thus its discriminant must equal to zero: \(d=(8)^2+4b=0\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=16\).
Answer: B. Hi Bunuel, hope you can help: In the description it says "has equal roots, and one of the roots of the equation is ... 3". I know that when an equation has only one solution, the determinant needs to be zero. BUT: in the description it says "and one of the roots is ... 3" > therefore i would have never thought about setting the determinant equal to zero. Could you please explain where the hint is to know that it's necessary to set the determinant equal to zero? Thank you very much! Best regards 1. x^2 + ax  b = 0 has equal roots 2. One of the roots of the equation x^2 + ax + 15 = 0 is 3. Those are two different equations. ok, than it is that language of "has equal roots", which I don't understand. could you clarify what "equal roots" means? is "equal roots" the definition of having only one solution? thanks!



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Bunuel wrote: 4. What is the maximum value of 3x^2 + 12x 2y^2  12y  39 ?
A. 39 B. 9 C. 0 D. 9 E. 39
\(3x^2 + 12x 2y^2  12y  39=3x^2 + 12x122y^2  12y189=3(x^24x+4)2(y^2+6y+9)9=\) \(=3(x2)^22(y+3)^29\).
So, we need to maximize the value of \(3(x2)^22(y+3)^29\).
Since, the maximum value of \(3(x2)^2\) and \(2(y+3)^2\) is zero, then the maximum value of the whole expression is \(0+09=9\).
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Bunuel wrote: 10. If f(x) = 2x  1 and g(x) = x^2, then what is the product of all values of n for which f(n^2)=g(n+12) ?
A. 145 B. 24 C. 24 D. 145 E. None of the above
\(f(x) = 2x  1\), hence \(f(n^2)=2n^21\). \(g(x) = x^2\), hence \(g(n+12)=(n+12)^2=n^2+24n+144\).
Since given that \(f(n^2)=g(n+12)\), then \(2n^21=n^2+24n+144\). Rearranging gives \(n^224n145=0\).
Next, Viete's theorem states that for the roots \(x_1\) and \(x_2\) of a quadratic equation \(ax^2+bx+c=0\):
\(x_1+x_2=\frac{b}{a}\) AND \(x_1*x_2=\frac{c}{a}\).
Thus according to the above \(n_1*n_2=145\).
Answer: A. Having a doubt with the above highlighted text. for the first, shouldn't the whole term [2x1] be squared like the below one ? seeking solutions. thanks in advance.



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SaravanaPrabu090492 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 10. If f(x) = 2x  1 and g(x) = x^2, then what is the product of all values of n for which f(n^2)=g(n+12) ?
A. 145 B. 24 C. 24 D. 145 E. None of the above
\(f(x) = 2x  1\), hence \(f(n^2)=2n^21\). \(g(x) = x^2\), hence \(g(n+12)=(n+12)^2=n^2+24n+144\).
Since given that \(f(n^2)=g(n+12)\), then \(2n^21=n^2+24n+144\). Rearranging gives \(n^224n145=0\).
Next, Viete's theorem states that for the roots \(x_1\) and \(x_2\) of a quadratic equation \(ax^2+bx+c=0\):
\(x_1+x_2=\frac{b}{a}\) AND \(x_1*x_2=\frac{c}{a}\).
Thus according to the above \(n_1*n_2=145\).
Answer: A. Having a doubt with the above highlighted text. for the first, shouldn't the whole term [2x1] be squared like the below one ? seeking solutions. thanks in advance. No. \(f(x) = 2x  1\) means that we have a function which tells us what to do to get the value of the function: take a value for which you want to find the output of the function, multiply it by 2 and subtract 1. So, to get \(f(n^2)\) put n^2 instead of x: \(f(n^2)=2n^21\). Similarly for \(g(x) = x^2\). To get \(g(n+12)\) put n + 12 instead of x: \(g(n+12)=(n+12)^2=n^2+24n+144\).
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Bunuel wrote: 4. What is the maximum value of 3x^2 + 12x 2y^2  12y  39 ?
A. 39 B. 9 C. 0 D. 9 E. 39
\(3x^2 + 12x 2y^2  12y  39=3x^2 + 12x122y^2  12y189=3(x^24x+4)2(y^2+6y+9)9=\) \(=3(x2)^22(y+3)^29\).
So, we need to maximize the value of \(3(x2)^22(y+3)^29\).
Since, the maximum value of \(3(x2)^2\) and \(2(y+3)^2\) is zero, then the maximum value of the whole expression is \(0+09=9\).
Answer: B. \(3x^2 + 12x 2y^2  12y  39\) >\(x(123x)  y(2y+12)39\) now x(123x) will be highest when x is 1. y(2y+12) will be higest when y = 1. so the answer becomes 9+1039 = 19.. where am I going wrong?
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Bunuel wrote: Sorry, there was a typo in the stem .
5. If x^2 + 2x 15 = m, where x is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive, what is the probability that m is greater than zero?
A. 2/7 B. 1/3 C. 7/20 D. 2/5 E. 3/7
Rearrange the given equation: \(x^22x+15=m\).
Given that \(x\) is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive (21 values) we need to find the probability that \(x^22x+15\) is greater than zero, so the probability that \(x^22x+15>0\).
Factorize: \((x+5)(3x)>0\). This equation holds true for \(5<x<3\).
Since x is an integer then it can take the following 7 values: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 1, and 2.
So, the probability is 7/21=1/3.
Answer: B. Quote: Factorize: \((x+5)(3x)>0\). This equation holds true for \(5<x<3\) unable to understand this line. Can someone please explain? many thanks
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05 Apr 2018, 13:27
Nixondutta wrote: Bunuel wrote: Sorry, there was a typo in the stem .
5. If x^2 + 2x 15 = m, where x is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive, what is the probability that m is greater than zero?
A. 2/7 B. 1/3 C. 7/20 D. 2/5 E. 3/7
Rearrange the given equation: \(x^22x+15=m\).
Given that \(x\) is an integer from 10 and 10, inclusive (21 values) we need to find the probability that \(x^22x+15\) is greater than zero, so the probability that \(x^22x+15>0\).
Factorize: \((x+5)(3x)>0\). This equation holds true for \(5<x<3\).
Since x is an integer then it can take the following 7 values: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 1, and 2.
So, the probability is 7/21=1/3.
Answer: B. Quote: Factorize: \((x+5)(3x)>0\). This equation holds true for \(5<x<3\) unable to understand this line. Can someone please explain? many thanks Check this: Solving Quadratic Inequalities: Graphic ApproachFro more: check Inequalities For more check Ultimate GMAT Quantitative Megathread Hope it helps.
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