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1. Hello, I'm having trouble with the following edexcel question:

Find, as surds, the roots of the equation 2(x+1)(x-4)-(x-2)^2 = 0

So to begin with you know it won't factorise, so you need to complete the square or stick it into the formula.

2(x^2-3x-4)-x^2-4x+4 = 0
2x^2 - 6x - 8 - x^2 - 4x + 4 = 0
x^2 - 10x - 4 = 0

I put it into the formula and get (10 +- sqrt(116))/2

The answer should be 1 +- sqrt (13)

I have no idea where I have gone wrong, I just tried to complete the square and got 5 +- sqrt(29)

I'm so confused
2. (Original post by iron_lloyd)
Hello, I'm having trouble with the following edexcel question:

Find, as surds, the roots of the equation 2(x+1)(x-4)-(x-2)^2 = 0

So to begin with you know it won't factorise, so you need to complete the square or stick it into the formula.

2(x^2-3x-4)-(x^2-4x+4) = 0
2x^2 - 6x - 8 - x^2 + 4x - 4 = 0

I put it into the formula and get (10 +- sqrt(116))/2

The answer should be 1 +- sqrt (13)

I have no idea where I have gone wrong, I just tried to complete the square and got 5 +- sqrt(29)

I'm so confused
Try again from there.
3. 2x2-6x-8-x2+4x-4=0
x2-2x-12=0

(x-1)2-12-1=0
(x-1)2-13=0
x-1=(sqr+-)13
x=1(sqr+-)13
4. (Original post by gomc)
2x2-6x-8-x2+4x-4=0
x2-2x-12=0

(x-1)2-12-1=0
(x-1)2-13=0
x-1=(sqr+-)13
x=1(sqr+-)13
There we go. It was just one silly mistake you'd made

EDIT: Also, this isn't an inequality
5. (Original post by Andy98)
Try again from there.
Oh dear.

x^2 - 2x - 12 = 0

(x-1)^2 - 13 = 0 therefore x = 1+- sqrt(13)

Thanks ever so much... I really must keep an eye out for that - before a squared bracket.

Edit: Yeah this part of the question isn't xD the next part is an inequality though, I just read off the question ^^
6. (Original post by Andy98)
There we go. It was just one silly mistake you'd made

EDIT: Also, this isn't an inequality
I hope you don't mind me asking another question but I have a feeling the answer is wrong in their answer sheet.

You have to work out an area in the second part of a question to give you the equation:

x(x-5)<104

Which I got and was correct.

It then asks you to calculate the values of x given the previous answer:

x^2 - 5x - 104 < 0

putting that into the formula equation I get (5+- sqrt 446)/2 which gives me x = 13 or x = -8

In the answers x = 13 is correct however x = -8 is not, it should work out to be x=10.5

If I managed to get x=13 correct off the same quadratic formula I don't see why I get the second part wrong ?

Edit: I'm being really naive.. of course they haven't got the answers wrong!
7. (Original post by iron_lloyd)
Oh dear.

x^2 - 2x - 12 = 0

(x-1)^2 - 13 = 0 therefore x = 1+- sqrt(13)

Thanks ever so much... I really must keep an eye out for that - before a squared bracket.

Edit: Yeah this part of the question isn't xD the next part is an inequality though, I just read off the question ^^
Fair enough

(Original post by iron_lloyd)
I hope you don't mind me asking another question but I have a feeling the answer is wrong in their answer sheet.

You have to work out an area in the second part of a question to give you the equation:

x(x-5)<104

Which I got and was correct.

It then asks you to calculate the values of x given the previous answer:

x^2 - 5x - 104 < 0

putting that into the formula equation I get (5+- sqrt 446)/2 which gives me x = 13 or x = -8

In the answers x = 13 is correct however x = -8 is not, it should work out to be x=10.5

If I managed to get x=13 correct off the same quadratic formula I don't see why I get the second part wrong ?

Edit: I'm being really naive.. of course they haven't got the answers wrong!
You're not being naive - I got , which comes out as or

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