## Que : When the equation $$x^2+ax+b=0$$ has roots p and q, what is the value of p + q?

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### Que : When the equation $$x^2+ax+b=0$$ has roots p and q, what is the value of p + q?

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[Course] Starting $79 for on-demand and$60 for tutoring per hour and $390 only for Live Online. Email to : [email protected] Elite Legendary Member Posts: 3842 Joined: 24 Jul 2015 Location: Las Vegas, USA Thanked: 19 times Followed by:36 members ### Re: Que : When the equation $$x^2+ax+b=0$$ has roots p and q, what is the value of p + q? by [email protected] Revolution » Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:04 am ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Solution: To save time and improve accuracy on DS questions in GMAT, learn and apply the Variable Approach. Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution. Visit https://www.mathrevolution.com/gmat/lesson for details. Now we will solve this DS question using the Variable Approach. Let’s apply the 3 steps suggested previously. Follow the first step of the Variable Approach by modifying and rechecking the original condition and the question. We have to find the value of p + q. => Given: $$x^2+ax+b=0$$ has ‘p’ and ‘q’ as its roots. => (x – p) (x – q)=0 => $$x^2-\left(p+q\right)x+pq=0$$ => a=-(p+q) and b=pq => We have to find the value of a Condition (1) tells us that a = 4. => a = 4 = -(p + q) => -( p + q) = 4 => p + q = -4 The answer is unique, so condition (1) alone is sufficient, according to CMT 2 - there must be only one answer Condition (2) tells us that it b = 9. => b = pq = 9 => If p = q = 3, then pq = 3 * 3 = 9 => p + q = 3 + 3 = 6 => But if p =1; q = 9, then pq = 1 * 9 = 9 => p + q = 1 + 9 = 10 The answer is not unique, so condition (1) alone is not sufficient, according to CMT 2 - there must be only one answer. Condition (1) alone is sufficient. Therefore, A is the correct answer. Answer: A Math Revolution The World's Most "Complete" GMAT Math Course! Score an excellent Q49-51 just like 70% of our students. [Free] Full on-demand course (7 days) - 100 hours of video lessons, 490 lesson topics, and 2,000 questions. [Course] Starting$79 for on-demand and $60 for tutoring per hour and$390 only for Live Online.
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