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For how many positive integers, x, does the function: 

\(f(x)=\frac{\sqrt{x-3}}{x^2-8x-20}\)

have no real values?

 

(A) 2

(B) 3

(C) 4

(D) Inf.

 Mar 18, 2016

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Actually...I believe the answer should be 3

 

We are only concerned with positive integer values for x

 

Clearly.....the posiitve integers 1 and 2    make the radical negative...and thus "not real'

 

And...x^2 - 8x - 20 = 0   factors as (x -10) (x + 2) = 0.....so the integers -2 and 10 make the denominator 0......but 10 is the only positve x that makes the denominator 0

 

So.......the positive integer values for x that make this function undefined  are 1, 2 and 10

 

 

 

cool cool cool

 Mar 18, 2016
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Functions will not have real answers if the denominator is zero.

Factoring the denominator:  x2 - 8x - 20  =  (x - 10)(x - 2)   ---> therefore the two numbers, 10 and 2, must be excluded.

 

Also, functions will not have real answers if there is a negative number under the square root sign.

All numbers smaller than 3 will give a square root of a negative number, therefore, they must all be excluded. This is an infinite number of numbers.

 

The answer, then, is (d) -- you must exclude an infinite number of numbers. 

 Mar 18, 2016
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Thank you Geno3141 ! :)

Solveit  Mar 18, 2016
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Best Answer

Actually...I believe the answer should be 3

 

We are only concerned with positive integer values for x

 

Clearly.....the posiitve integers 1 and 2    make the radical negative...and thus "not real'

 

And...x^2 - 8x - 20 = 0   factors as (x -10) (x + 2) = 0.....so the integers -2 and 10 make the denominator 0......but 10 is the only positve x that makes the denominator 0

 

So.......the positive integer values for x that make this function undefined  are 1, 2 and 10

 

 

 

cool cool cool

CPhill Mar 18, 2016
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Yes you are right thanks CPhill ! :)

I understood the general idea

Solveit  Mar 18, 2016

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