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If (2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1), what is the value of x

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If (2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1), what is the value of x [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2018, 16:15
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If \((2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1)\), what is the value of x?

A. \(- \frac{1}{3}\)

B. \(- \frac{1}{5}\)

C. \(0\)

D. \(\frac{1}{3}\)

E. \(\frac{1}{2}\)
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Re: If (2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1), what is the value of x [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2018, 03:23
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If \((2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1)\), what is the value of x?

A. \(- \frac{1}{3}\)

B. \(- \frac{1}{5}\)

C. \(0\)

D. \(\frac{1}{3}\)

E. \(\frac{1}{2}\)


Explanation::

\((2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1)\)

or \(2x^2 + x - 10x - 5= 2x^2 – 2\)

or \(-9x = 3\)

or \(x = -\frac{3}{9} = - \frac{1}{3}\)
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Re: If (2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1), what is the value of x [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2019, 13:37
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If \((2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x^2 – 1)\), what is the value of x?

A. \(- \frac{1}{3}\)

B. \(- \frac{1}{5}\)

C. \(0\)

D. \(\frac{1}{3}\)

E. \(\frac{1}{2}\)


pranab01's solution above is exactly how I'd solve the question.
However, if your algebra skills aren't that great, you can still solve the question by testing the answer choices

GIVEN EQUATION: (2x + 1)(x – 5) = 2 (x² – 1)

A) -1/3
Replace x with -1/3 to get: (2(-1/3) + 1)(-1/3 – 5) = 2((-1/3)² – 1)
Simplify: (-2/3 + 1)(-16/3) = 2(1/9 - 1)
Simplify more: (1/3)(-16/3) = 2(-8/9)
Evaluate: -16/9 = -16/9 PERFECT!!

Answer: A

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