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If m and n are the roots of the equation

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HI guys!

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If m and n are the roots of the equation \(a^2 - 6a + 8 = 0\), then find the value of \((m+n)(m-n)\)

A. 12

B. 8

C. 16

D. 4

E.18


Now, the answer should be 12, because the fractioning of the equation gets me (a-4) (a-2). However, what if I switched places here and put (a-2) (a-4). Then, m = 2 and n=4, thus (2+4) (2-4) = -12. Where am I going wrong? Sorry for this stupid question. And btw, roots of the equation are always positive then, right?

Appreciate any help.

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Re: If m and n are the roots of the equation [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2018, 02:13
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Moreover, post the question under the right section and not in general quant section.

Back to the question.

You are right m=2 n=4 in which case the answer is -12

But could be the other way around also: m=4 an n=2 which is 12

No a good question.

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Appreciate the comments, Carcass. Sorry for being careless, and thank you for the clarification on the question.

However, I think you made a mistake there. If m=4 and n=2, then (m+n)(m−n) = (4+2) (4-2) = 12. I doesn't make a whole lot of difference though, because I guess we just established that this is not a well-thought-out question.

Thanks!
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