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16 years ago
#41
(Original post by JamesF)
On the grid is there already a curve? If so, what is the equation of the curve?
there is - the one I drew for the previous question, it's equation is:

y = x^3 + 2

it's a bendy curve thing
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16 years ago
#42
(Original post by 2776)
Draw a line when x=0, and read off the figures for the solutions (ie when they cross the lines)
i don't understand what you mean *thinks*
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16 years ago
#43
(Original post by me!)
i don't understand what you mean *thinks*
Scratch that, I thought you were given the curve and only needed to draw the line x=0. Very naieve of me.
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16 years ago
#44
(Original post by me!)
You could help me if you want "By drawing a suitable straight line on the grid find estimates of the solutions of the equation x^3 - 4x + 2 = 0"

It's from a past gcse paper - it confused me because it's not a straight line...
Plot some points to sketch the curve, then draw a horizontal line through y = 0, and take/mark off the values where the curve crosses this line that you drew.

Remember, the line y = 0 [b[is[/b] the x-axis (evidently), therefore the solutions to the equation x^3 - 4x + 2 = 0 is when the graph of this function cuts y = 0 i.e.) the x-axis.

Say the graph, for example, crosses the line y = 0 (the x-axis) at x = 2 and x = 4. The solutions to the equation x^3 - 4x + 2 = 0 would be x = 2, x = 4.

EDIT: IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS INFACT ANOTHER GRAPH INVOLVED, AND NOT JUST THIS ONE, SCRAP WHAT I SAID ABOVE!
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16 years ago
#45
(Original post by 2776)
Scratch that, I thought you were given the curve and only needed to draw the line x=0. Very naieve of me.
Ooops, I explained it like that as well, I didn't know she had another curve.....
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16 years ago
#46
(Original post by 2776)
Scratch that, I thought you were given the curve and only needed to draw the line x=0. Very naieve of me.
You mean the line y = 0
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16 years ago
#47
You have the line y = x^3 + 2, and you want the line y = x^3 - 4x + 2, so draw the line y = 4x
Now we have
4x = x^3 + 2
0 = x^3 - 4x + 2

So, when you draw the line y=4x, the solutions are the points where the line and curve cross.
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16 years ago
#48
(Original post by 2776)
Scratch that, I thought you were given the curve and only needed to draw the line x=0. Very naieve of me.
The line y = 0 is the x-axis.
The line x = 0 is the y-axis.
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16 years ago
#49
(Original post by JamesF)
You have the line y = x^3 + 2, and you want the line y = x^3 - 4x + 2, so draw the line y = 4x
Now we have
4x = x^3 + 2
0 = x^3 - 4x + 2

So, when you draw the line y=4x, the solutions are the points where the line and curve cross.
cool - thanks the only other questions annoying me on the paper were (5p^3 / q)^3
for which I got 125p^9/q^3, is this right?

and (12t^5/u^4)(u^3/3t^2) for which I got 4t^3/u...
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16 years ago
#50
(Original post by me!)
cool - thanks the only other questions annoying me on the paper were (5p^3 / q)^3
for which I got 125p^9/q^3, is this right?

and (12t^5/u^4)(u^3/3t^2) for which I got 4t^3/u...
Both correct 0
16 years ago
#51
(Original post by JamesF)
Both correct wohoo - and thanks, if I get stuck again I know where to come
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16 years ago
#52
I do maths with stats, so its 2 modules of pure, and 1 of stats, and every week we have 200 mins pure, and 100 mins stats. if we had anything less than that it wouldn't be too good! we are rushing in pure as it is! 2 hours for maths&further maths is just plain ridiculous! that just doesn't seem fair to me!
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16 years ago
#53
(Original post by bono)
The line y = 0 is the x-axis.
The line x = 0 is the y-axis.
Asn you so have often pointed out my typos.
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16 years ago
#54
(Original post by 2776)
Asn you so have often pointed out my typos.
How was it a typo? It was a mistake. The x key is nowhere near the y key. Don't worry mate, it happens - even to the best! 0
16 years ago
#55
(Original post by Dill)
I do maths with stats, so its 2 modules of pure, and 1 of stats, and every week we have 200 mins pure, and 100 mins stats. if we had anything less than that it wouldn't be too good! we are rushing in pure as it is! 2 hours for maths&further maths is just plain ridiculous! that just doesn't seem fair to me!
The average is about 5 hours per A-Level. Although there is homeworks on top etc.
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