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## Tough quadratic equation roots problem

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MubbashirAbbas Just gettin' started!
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Tough quadratic equation roots problem Wed May 23, 2012 11:03 am
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It is known that x^2 - 11x + 4c =0 has two distinct roots. I is also known that one factor is (X-C) and C is greater than zero. The larger root of the equation is ?

A) 4 B) 7 C) 11 D) None of these

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coolhabhi Rising GMAT Star
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Wed May 23, 2012 12:27 pm
Since (x - c) is a factor substitute x = c in the equation. (Because x - c = 0 which implies x = c)

so the equation transforms to
x^2 - 11x + 4c = 0
c^2 - 11c + 4c = 0
c^2 = 7c
c = 7

Now substitute c = 7 in the equation
x^2 - 11x + 4c = 0
x^2 - 11x + 28 = 0
The roots of which are 7 and 4.
So the larger root is 7

BTW what is the OA?

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Wed May 23, 2012 12:32 pm
An other way to solve the problem might be this:

Since we know that (x - c) is a factor then one root will be c (Because x - c = 0 which implies x = c)

Let the other root be "y"

Now sum of the roots is 11 and product of the roots is 4c.
=>y + c = 11 and yc = 4c
From the above equations we get y = 4 and c = 7.

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