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GRE Math Challenge #55-If x^2 +2x -15 = -m

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GRE Math Challenge #55-If x^2 +2x -15 = -m [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2015, 02:28
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If \(x^2 +2x -15 = -m\), where x is an integer from -10 to 10,inclusive, what is the probability that m is greater than 0?
A. 2/7
B. 1/3
C. 7/20
D. 2/5
E. 3/7
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #55 [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2015, 04:18
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Given that is x an integer from -10 and 10, inclusive (21 values) we need to find the probability that \(x^2 +2x -15\)is greater than zero, so the probability that \(x^2 +2x -15 >0\).
Factorizing the expression becomes: \((x+5)(3-x)>0\) . The equation holds true for \(-5<x<3\) . Therefore x is an integer that can take the following 7 values: -4, -3 , -2 ,-1 ,0 , 1 and 2.
Thus the probability is \(\frac{7}{21} = \frac{1}{3}\) .

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Re: GRE Math Challenge #55-If x^2 +2x -15 = -m [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2016, 04:11
Can you give me solution for this. I'm unable to understand this concept.
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #55-If x^2 +2x -15 = -m [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2016, 06:11
soumya, what you have shown in your solution is not correct, if m is positive, then x^2 + 2x -15 will be negative according to the equation. So for m to be positive, x^2 +2x -15 has to be negative, i.e x^2 +2x -15 < 0. After factorizing the left side, it comes as (x+5)(x-3)<0. After solving this inequality, -5<x<3, so x can be 7 values. And probability of this x out of 21 is 7/21, i.e the answer is 1/3 (B).
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #55-If x^2 +2x -15 = -m [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2016, 23:45
The answer is (B).
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #55-If x^2 +2x -15 = -m [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2016, 14:40
There could be 21 values of x ranging from -10 to 10.The values of x i.e. -4,-3,-2,-1,0,1,2 (total 7 values of x) could result m greater than zero. Hence , the probability is 7/21 or 1/3.
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