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Let $a$ and $b$ be the roots of the quadratic equation $x^2-25x+80=-28x+75$. Compute $\frac{a^2}{b} + \frac{b^2}{a}$.

 Mar 8, 2024
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a^2 / b  +  b^2 / a  =     [ a^3 + b^3 ] / [ab ] ^2  =   [(a + b)  (a^2  + b^2  - ab ) ] /  [ab]

 

x^2 -25x + 80  = -28x +  75       simplify

 

x^2 + 3x + 5 =  0

 

We have the form  mx^2 + nx + c =  0

 

Sum of roots

a + b =  -n/m =  -3/1 =  -3

Product of  roots  =  ab =  c / m =  5/1 =  5

 

a + b =   -3       square both sides

a^2 + 2ab + b^2 =  9

a^2  +2(5) + b^2  = 9

a^2 + 10 + b^2 = 9

a^2 + b^2  =  -1

 

So

 

[(a + b)  (a^2 + b^2 - ab) ] /  [ab]  =

 

[ ( -3)( -1 - 5) ]   / [5] =

 

[ 18 ] / [5 ]   =  

 

18 / 5 =  3.6

 

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 Mar 8, 2024

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