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by snowdrifter
Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:35 am
Forum: Beginning Algebra
Topic: which answer? is f(4) for f(x)=-x**2+5x-7 equal to 29 or -3?
Replies: 1
Views: 1190

Re: which answer?

Given : f(x) = - x**2+5x-7 notice the - before the first term. This is ambiguous. It is a homework problem. what is the value of f(4)? is it 29 or -3 ? The answer is -3. Here is why: You function is f(x)=-x^2+5x-7 this makes f(4)=-(4)^2+5(4)-7=-16+20-7=-3 In other wo...
by snowdrifter
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Intermediate Algebra
Topic: Intercepts 1: how to find where y = x2 + 3x + 2 crosses?
Replies: 1
Views: 1007

Re: Intercepts 1: how to find where y = x2 + 3x + 2 crosses?

To find out where the graph crosses the x axis you must find those values of x that, when put into the equation, make y equal to zero.
This can be done by factoring the quadratic expression. Learn how here.

SD
by snowdrifter
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:33 am
Forum: Intermediate Algebra
Topic: finding the function? trig problem
Replies: 1
Views: 1526

Re: finding the function? trig problem

find the function : d) f(-x) equation : 2x+1/3x-5 answer: 2x-1/3x-5 second equation: e) -f(x) equation : 2x+1/3x-5 answer: -2x-1/3x-5 I ONLY NEED THE WORK ! Your answer to "d" is incorrect: the answer is \frac {-2x+1} {-3x-5} What f(-x) means is wherever you see an "x" in the or...
by snowdrifter
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Beginning Algebra
Topic: Factoring Trinomials: x^2 - 4x - 4, 2x^3 - 8x^2 + 2x
Replies: 1
Views: 1578

Re: Factoring Trinomials

Hi Everyone! I'm helping my little brother with his math homework, and it's been a long time since I did this. I'm really stumped on these two and would love some fresh eyes. TIA Nita Factor the following trinomials. 1.x^2 –4x – 4 2.2x^3 - 8x^2 + 2x You can learn about factoring quadratic expressio...
by snowdrifter
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:21 am
Forum: Intermediate Algebra
Topic: solve x^3-x^2+25x-25=0 for x; find poly w/ given zeroes
Replies: 2
Views: 1625

Re: 2 Questions

Solve for x: x^3-x^2+25x-25=0 ...... my question is where do i study the material necessary for learning how to solve for x? Math Word Problem: Sketch a graph and write an equation for a polynomial of least degree with integer coefficients that has the given zero a) 0,2, -3 b) 3 (multiplicity 2) an...
by snowdrifter
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Intermediate Algebra
Topic: Linear functions and arithmetic series..
Replies: 1
Views: 1231

Re: Linear functions and arithmetic series..

Hi, The text asks the following. For context, the book has been discussing the arithmetic sequence for the last several pages, so the a_n refers to a_n=a_1 + (n-1)d : For the linear function y=mx+b , y=a_n and x = n . Express a_1 and d of the arithmetic sequence in terms of m and b . I sort...
by snowdrifter
Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Describe graph of interval [-4, 10]
Replies: 2
Views: 4443

Re: Describe graph of interval [-4, 10]

Please help having a hard time understainding this. Describe what the graph of interval [-4, 10] looks like. Is it a solid dot at -4, a solid dot at 10 and a heavy line that connects to the two. The dots are solid as there is a square bracket at the ends of the interval. :?: You are correct, you wo...
by snowdrifter
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: Beginning Algebra
Topic: need linear equation help
Replies: 1
Views: 1072

Re: need linear equation help

ok, it's been a while since i've done this so i dont remember what i'm doing, if someone could help me that would be awesome :D 2z+7/8-2=z+z-1/2 There is no answer to this question: You have 2z + \frac 7 8 - 2 = z + z - \frac 1 2 Which is 2z + \frac 7 8 - 2= 2z - \frac 1 2 Subtract 2z from both sid...
by snowdrifter
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: Pre-Algebra
Topic: Name the property that justifies each statement
Replies: 3
Views: 4059

Re: Name the property that justifies each statement

I assume this question is part of a larger assignment because your question doesn't have variables. Variables would be letters like x, y etc.

The properties of numbers are explained here.
by snowdrifter
Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:20 am
Forum: Intermediate Algebra
Topic: simplify expression 4ab(sqrt2b)-3a(sqrt18b^3)=7ab(sqrt6b)
Replies: 4
Views: 2348

Re: simplify the expression

To clarify, this was the question Simplify: 4ab sqrt{2b} - 3 sqrt{18 b^3} = 7ab sqrt{6b} And yes, we are simplifying an equation. The first step is: (4ab sqrt{2b} - 3 sqrt{18 b^3})^2 = (7ab sqrt{6b})^2 If you are careful with the algebra, you can eliminate all the radicals. In fact, ...

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