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Factorise 9 - 3x - 2x^2 completely.

Should be easy, but I kept ketting stupid things that didn't multiply out to make that. Like (4x - root63 + 3)(4x + root 63 + 3).

Maybe ompleting the square isn't the right way to go, but this doesn't make nice rational numbers.

Should be easy, but I kept ketting stupid things that didn't multiply out to make that. Like (4x - root63 + 3)(4x + root 63 + 3).

Maybe ompleting the square isn't the right way to go, but this doesn't make nice rational numbers.

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Take the negative out to start off with to make it simpler.

2x^2 + 3x - 9 = 0

(2x - 3)(x + 3) = 0

then just put it back in.

(3 - 2x) (x + 3)

2x^2 + 3x - 9 = 0

(2x - 3)(x + 3) = 0

then just put it back in.

(3 - 2x) (x + 3)

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Lol of course. I didn't think to try to factorise after I'd taken the negative out!

Cheers.

Cheers.

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then just put it back in.

(3 - 2x) (x + 3)

**Coran**)then just put it back in.

(3 - 2x) (x + 3)

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You might want to draw the curve from its factorised form or something maybe.

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Why bother putting the negative back in? It gives the same roots anyway

**Pixelfairy #1**)Why bother putting the negative back in? It gives the same roots anyway

though you are right the roots are the same.

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is that really a-level work?

no offence, but it seems pretty easy and its the same as grade b/a gcse work

no offence, but it seems pretty easy and its the same as grade b/a gcse work

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is that really a-level work?

no offence, but it seems pretty easy and its the same as grade b/a gcse work

**MC REN**)is that really a-level work?

no offence, but it seems pretty easy and its the same as grade b/a gcse work

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Yeah I know it's very simple, I've been doing maths all day so my brain has had enough, I think by missing obvious answers it's telling me to stop revising.

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Yeah I know it's very simple, I've been doing maths all day so my brain has had enough, I think by missing obvious answers it's telling me to stop revising.

**mik1a**)Yeah I know it's very simple, I've been doing maths all day so my brain has had enough, I think by missing obvious answers it's telling me to stop revising.

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or telling you to revise more......!

**Katie Heskins**)or telling you to revise more......!

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You'd be suprised what hours of maths can do to the brain!

**bono**)You'd be suprised what hours of maths can do to the brain!

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I find the more maths I do, the more I get into it

**Katie Heskins**)I find the more maths I do, the more I get into it

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Yes i definitely agree - I meant a really long revision session - i.e.) after 4 hours of maths or something.

**bono**)Yes i definitely agree - I meant a really long revision session - i.e.) after 4 hours of maths or something.

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Factorise 9 - 3x - 2x^2 completely.

Should be easy, but I kept ketting stupid things that didn't multiply out to make that. Like (4x - root63 + 3)(4x + root 63 + 3).

Maybe ompleting the square isn't the right way to go, but this doesn't make nice rational numbers.

**mik1a**)Factorise 9 - 3x - 2x^2 completely.

Should be easy, but I kept ketting stupid things that didn't multiply out to make that. Like (4x - root63 + 3)(4x + root 63 + 3).

Maybe ompleting the square isn't the right way to go, but this doesn't make nice rational numbers.

Answer: (2x - 3)(-x - 3) OR (3 - 2x)(x + 3)

To check; either expand to give:

-2x^2 + 3x - 6x + 9

----> -2x^2 - 3x + 9

Which was the original expression you started off with.

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Lol of course. I didn't think to try to factorise after I'd taken the negative out!

Cheers.

**mik1a**)Lol of course. I didn't think to try to factorise after I'd taken the negative out!

Cheers.

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The question posed said factorise so negative needs to be put in to have sussefully factorised the given expression,

though you are right the roots are the same.

**Phil_C**)The question posed said factorise so negative needs to be put in to have sussefully factorised the given expression,

though you are right the roots are the same.

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early a-level work, yes.

**kikzen**)early a-level work, yes.

Year 10 work.

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Why? Either will expand to give the same expression, so you have factorised that expression, whichever you use.

**bono**)Why? Either will expand to give the same expression, so you have factorised that expression, whichever you use.

(2x-3)(x+3) expands to 2x^2 +3x -9 not given in the question,

whilst

(3-2x)(x+3) expands to 9 -3x -2x^2 the expression given.

So the first is wrong in terms of expansion but both do give the same roots, namely -3 and +1.5

Having taken a factor of minus one out of teh original expression, then the correct expression to factorise is:

-{2x^2 +3x -9}

so the answers can be either:

-(2x-3)(x+3) or (3-2x)(x+3) or (2x-3)(-3-x) I would quote the second of the three, it is a neater solution.

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I just put the negative back in because little context was given, it might of been needed to put = y to drawn a graph which would've been upside down if the negatives weren't put back in. There's a lot of transformation work in P1.

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