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Find the sum of the squares of the solutions to $2x^2+4x-1=0$.

Feb 21, 2021

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By Vieta, the sum of the square is 17.

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Find the sum of the squares of the solutions to $$2x^2+4x-1=0$$.

$$\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline 2x^2+4x-1 &=& 0 \quad | \quad :2 \\ x^2+2x-\dfrac{1}{2} &=& 0 \\ \hline \end{array}$$

By Vieta:

$$2 = -(x_1+x_2) \\ -\dfrac{1}{2} = x_1*x_2$$

$$\begin{array}{|rcll|} \hline x_1^2+x_2^2 &=& (x_1+x_2)^2 - 2x_1*x_2 \\ x_1^2+x_2^2 &=& (-2)^2 - 2*\left(-\dfrac{1}{2}\right) \\ x_1^2+x_2^2 &=& 4 + 1 \\ \mathbf{x_1^2+x_2^2} &=& \mathbf{5} \\ \hline \end{array}$$

Feb 21, 2021