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Find constants A and B such that
$$$\frac{x + 7}{x^2 - x - 2} = \frac{A}{x - 2} + \frac{B}{x + 1}$$$
for all x such that x=/=-1 and x=/=2. Give your answer as the ordered pair (A,B).

2.

The function f(x) is defined for 1≤x≤5 as follows:
$$$f(x) = \left\{ \begin{array}{cl} 2x + 1 & \text{if }1 \le x \le 2, \\ 7 - x & \text{if }2 < x \le 3, \\ 10 - 2x & \text{if }3 < x \le 4, \\ 10 - x & \text{if }4 < x \le 5. \end{array}\right.$$$
Find all real numbers x such that f(x)=x.

If you find more than one answer, list them all, separated by commas.

3.

Suppose that
$$$|a - b| + |b - c| + |c - d| + \dots + |m-n| + |n-o| + \cdots+ |x - y| + |y - z| + |z - a| = 20.$$$
What is the maximum possible value of $$|a - n|?$$

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The function $$h(x)$$ is defined as:
$$$h(x) = \left\{ \begin{array}{cl} \lfloor 4x \rfloor & \text{if } x \le \pi, \\ 3-x & \text{if }\pi < x \le 5.2, \\ x^2& \text{if }5.2< x. \end{array}\right.$$$
Find $$h(h(\sqrt{2}))$$

Mar 16, 2018
edited by Guest  Mar 16, 2018

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Here's #1 for you:

Collect the terms on right hand side over a common denominator:

$$\frac{A}{x-2}+\frac{B}{x+1}\rightarrow\frac{A(x+1)+B(x-2)}{(x-2)(x+1)}\rightarrow\frac{(A+B)x+A-2B}{x^2-x-2}$$

Compare this with $$\frac{x+7}{x^2-x-2}$$

To make them the same compare the numerators.  It is clear we must have:

A + B = 1   and

A - 2B = 7

Subtract the second from the first to get: 3B = -6  so B = -3

Put this back into the first to get A - 3 = 1  so  A = 4

Hence (A, B) = (4, -3)

For #2

Set x = each term in turn and solve for x.  if the result lies in the range given for each term then that result is valid.  If not it isn't.

For #3

Can't see the whole expression!

For #4

First plug sqrt(2) into h to get, say m = h(sqrt(2))

Then plug m into h to get h(m) which is h(h(sqrt(2)))

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Mar 17, 2018
edited by Alan  Mar 17, 2018
edited by Alan  Mar 17, 2018