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Find a positive integer M so that the equation

(x - 12)(x + M) = M - 51

has exactly one solution.

 May 12, 2020
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(x - 12)(x + M) = M - 51

 

Simplify

 

x^2  - 12x + Mx  - 12M  = M - 51

 

x^2  + ( M - 12)x  - 13M +  51  =  0

 

For this to have only one solution, the disriminant  must  =  0

 

So  we have that

 

(M - 12)^2  - 4 (1) (51 - 13M)  =  0     simplify

 

M^2  - 24M + 144  - 204 + 52M  = 0

 

M^2 + 28M - 60  =  0     factor as

 

(M + 30) (M - 2)  =  0

 

Set each factor to 0  and solve for M  and we have that

 

M = -30   or  M  = 2

 

So.....M  = 2

 

 

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 May 12, 2020

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