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# If a > 0 and b < 0, which of the following statements are t

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If a > 0 and b < 0, which of the following statements are t [#permalink]  15 Jun 2017, 07:37
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If a > 0 and b < 0, which of the following statements are true about the values of x that solve the equation x^2 – ax + b = 0?

Indicate all such statements.

❑ They have opposite signs.

❑ Their sum is greater than zero.

❑ Their product equals –b.

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A and B

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Re: If a > 0 and b < 0, which of the following statements are t [#permalink]  24 Sep 2017, 08:41
My strategy has been to write an example of second degree equation that is easy to solve as x^2-x-4 = 0, where a = 1 and b = -4. This is easily factorized as (x-2)(x+1) = 0 so that the solutions are 2 and -1. Thus, we can screening our choices:

❑ They have opposite signs: 2 and -1 have opposite signs -> CORRECT

❑ Their sum is greater than zero: 2 + (-1) = 1 >0 -> CORRECT

❑ Their product equals –b: 2*(-1) = -2 while b = -4 -> WRONG

Re: If a > 0 and b < 0, which of the following statements are t   [#permalink] 24 Sep 2017, 08:41
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