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What is the value of x? (1) 3x^2 + 8x + 16/3 = 0 (2) 15x^2 + 80/3 = -4

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What is the value of x?


(1) \(3x^2 + 8x + \frac{16}{3} = 0\)

(2) \(15x^2 + \frac{80}{3} = -40x\)

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0k, that's a perfect square.
Otherwise, I reduced to the standard quadratic form: ax^2 + bx + c and factorize.
9x^2 + 24x + 16 = 0
9x^2 + 12x + 12x + 16 = 0
3x(3x+4) + 4(3x+4)=0
(3x + 4)^2 = 0

Or,
x^2 + (8/3)x + (4/3)^2 = 0 [(8/3)^2 = 4*(1)(16/9)]
(x + 4/3)^2 = 0....x= -4/3
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gmatbull wrote:
What is the value of x?

(1) 3x^2 + 8x + 16/3 = 0
(2) 15x^2 + 80/3 = -40x


1 can be rewritten as (3x+4)^2 so we can find X.
2. can be rewritten as:
45x^2 + 80 +120x = 0
divide by 5:
9x^2 + 16+24x=0
basically the same equation
we can factor out (3x+4)^2 = 0

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New post 27 Jul 2017, 08:35
for those like me who did not find square immediately:

for equation in form:
\(ax^2+bx+c=0\)

has the unique solution if:
\(b^2-4ac=0\)

Be careful with the \(+\) and \(-\) signs though. I often have confused myself with signs.
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(1) 3x^2 + 8x + 16/3 = 0 can be rewritten as
9x^2 + 24x + 16 = 0.. OR (3x+4)^2 = 0
This gives us x=-4/3. Sufficient.

(2) 15x^2 + 80/3 = -40x can be rewritten as
15x^2 + 40x + 80/3 = 0 .. Dividing this by 5, we get
5x^2 + 8x + 16/3 = 0. This is same as the equation in statement 1, and will give us same value of x. Sufficient.

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gmatbull wrote:
What is the value of x?

(1) 3x^2 + 8x + 16/3 = 0
(2) 15x^2 + 80/3 = -40x



Dear Moderator,
This same question has been Duplicated in the link below, you may wish to merge the same. Thank you.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-is-the- ... l#p1972082
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