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Theory of Quadratic Equations: part II: tutorial problems: IITJEE Mains, preRMO

Problem 1:

If x is a real number, prove that the rational function \frac{x^{2}+2x-11}{2(x-3)} can have all numerical values except such as lie between 2 and 6. In other words, find the range of this rational function. (the domain of this rational function is all real numbers except x=3 quite obviously.

Problem 2:

For all real values of x, prove that the quadratic function y=f(x)=ax^{2}+bx+c has the same sign as a, except when the roots of the quadratic equation ax^{2}+bx+c=0 are real and unequal, and x has a value lying between them. This is a very useful famous classic result. 

Remarks:

a) From your proof, you can conclude the following also: The expression ax^{2}+bx+c will always have the same sign, whatever real value x may have, provided that b^{2}-4ac is negative or zero; and if this condition is satisfied, the expression is positive, or negative accordingly as a is positive or negative.

b) From your proof, and using the above conclusion, you can also conclude the following: Conversely, in order that the expression ax^{2}+bx+c may be always positive, b^{2}-4ac must be negative or zero; and, a must be positive; and, in order that ax^{2}+bx+c may be always negative, b^{2}-4ac must be negative or zero, and a must be negative.

Further Remarks:

Please note that the function y=f(x)=ax^{2}+bx+c, where a, b, c \in \Re and a \neq 0 is a parabola. The roots of this y=f(x)=0 are the points where the parabola cuts the y axis. Can you find the vertex of this parabola? Compare the graph of the elementary parabola y=x^{2}, with the graph of y=ax^{2} where a \neq 0 and further with the graph of the general parabola y=ax^{2}+bx+c. Note you will just have to convert the expression ax^{2}+bx+c to a perfect square form.

Problem 3:

Find the limits between which a must lie in order that the rational function \frac{ax^{2}-7x+5}{5x^{2}-7x+a} may be real, if x is real.

Problem 4:

Determine the limits between which n must lie in order that the equation 2ax(ax+nc)+(n^{2}-2)c^{2}=0 may have real roots.

Problem 5:

If x be real, prove that \frac{x}{x^{2}-5x+9} must lie between 1 and -\frac{1}{11}.

Problem 6:

Prove that the range of the rational function y=f(x)=\frac{x^{2}-x+1}{x^{2}+x+1} lies between 3 and \frac{1}{3} for all real values of x.

Problem 7:

If x \in \Re, Prove that the rational function y=f(x)=\frac{x^{2}+34x-71}{x^{2}+2x-7} can have no value between 5 and 9. In other words, prove that the range of the function is (x <5)\bigcup(x>9).

Problem 8:

Find the equation whose roots are \frac{\sqrt{a}}{\sqrt{a} \pm \sqrt(a-b)}.

Problem 9:

If \alpha, \beta are roots of the quadratic equation x^{2}-px+q=0, find the value of (a) \alpha^{2}(\alpha^{2}\beta^{-1}-\beta)+\beta^{2}(\beta^{2}\alpha^{-1}-\alpha) (b) (\alpha-p)^{-4}+(\beta-p)^{-4}.

Problem 10:

If the roots of lx^{2}+mx+n=0 be in the ratio p:q, prove that \sqrt{\frac{p}{q}}+\sqrt{\frac{q}{p}}+\sqrt{\frac{n}{l}}=0

Problem 11:

If x be real, the expression \frac{(x+m)^{2}-4mn}{2(x-n)} admits of all values except such as those that lie between 2n and 2m.

Problem 12:

If the roots of the equation ax^{2}+2bx+c=0 are \alpha and \beta, and those of the equation Ax^{2}+2Bx+C=0 be \alpha+\delta and \beta+\delta, prove that \frac{b^{2}-ac}{a^{2}} = \frac{B^{2}-AC}{A^{2}}.

Problem 13:

Prove that the rational function y=f(x)=\frac{px^{2}+3x-4}{p+3x-4x^{2}} will be capable of all values when x is real, provided that p has any real value between 1 and 7. That is, under the conditions on p, we have to show that the given rational function has as its range the full real numbers. (Of course, the domain is real except those values of x for which the denominator is zero).

Problem 14:

Find the greatest value of \frac{x+2}{2x^{2}+3x+6} for any real value of x. (Remarks: this is maxima-minima problem which can be solved with algebra only, calculus is not needed). 

Problem 15:

Show that if x is real, the expression (x^{2}-bc)(2x-b-c)^{-1} has no real value between b and a.

Problem 16:

If the roots of ax^{2}+bx+c=0 be possible (real) and different, then the roots of (a+c)(ax^{2}+2bx+c)=2(ac-b^{2})(x^{2}+1) will not be real, and vice-versa. Prove this.

Problem 17:

Prove that the rational function y=f(x)=\frac{(ax-b)(dx-c)}{(bx-a)(cx-a)} will be capable of all real values when x is real, if a^{2}-b^{2} and c^{2}-a^{2} have the same sign.

Cheers,

Nalin Pithwa

Theory of Quadratic Equations: Tutorial problems : Part I: IITJEE Mains, preRMO

I) Form the equations whose roots are:

a) -\frac{4}{5}, \frac{3}{7} (b) \frac{m}{n}, -\frac{n}{m} (c) \frac{p-q}{p+q}, -\frac{p+q}{p-q} (d) 7 \pm 2\sqrt{5} (e) -p \pm 2\sqrt{2q} (f) -3 \pm 5i (g) -a \pm ib (h) \pm i(a-b) (i) -3, \frac{2}{3}, \frac{1}{2} (j) \frac{a}{2},0, -\frac{2}{a} (k) 2 \pm \sqrt{3}, 4

II) Prove that the roots of the following equations are real:

i) x^{2}-2ax+a^{2}-b^{2}-c^{2}=0

ii) (a-b+c)x^{2}+4(a-b)x+(a-b-c)=0

III) If the equation x^{2}-15-m(2x-8)=0 has equal roots, find the values of m.

IV) For what values of m will the equation x^{2}-2x(1+3m)+7(3+2m)=0 have equal roots?

V) For what value of m will the equation \frac{x^{2}-bx}{ax-c} = \frac{m-1}{m+1} have roots equal in magnitude but opposite in sign?

VI) Prove that the roots of the following equations are rational:

(i) (a+c-b)x^{2}+2ax+(b+c-a)=0

(ii) abc^{2}x^{2}+3a^{2}cx+b^{2}ax-6a^{2}-ab+2b^{2}=0

VII) If \alpha, \beta are the roots of the equation ax^{2}+bx+c=0, find the values of

(i) \frac{1}{\alpha^{2}} + \frac{1}{\beta^{2}}

(ii) \alpha^{4}\beta^{7}+\alpha^{7}\beta^{4}

(iii) (\frac{\alpha}{\beta}-\frac{\beta}{\alpha})^{2}

VIII) Find the value of:

(a) x^{3}+x^{2}-x+22 when x=1+2i

(b) x^{3}-3x^{2}-8x+16 when x=3+i

(c) x^{3}-ax^{2}+2a^{2}x+4a^{3} when \frac{x}{a}=1-\sqrt{-3}

IX) If \alpha and \beta are the roots of x^{2}+px+q=0 form the equation whose roots are (\alpha-\beta)^{2} and (\alpha+\beta)^{2}/

X) Prove that the roots of (x-a)(x-b)=k^{2} are always real.

XI) If \alpha_{1}, \alpha_{2} are the roots of ax^{2}+bx+c=0, find the value of (i) (ax_{1}+b)^{-2}+(ax_{2}+b)^{-2} (ii) (ax_{1}+b)^{-3}+(ax_{2}+b)^{-3}

XII) Find the condition that one root of ax^{2}+bx+c=0 shall be n times the other.

XIII) If \alpha, \beta are the roots of ax^{2}+bx+c=0 form the equation whose roots are \alpha^{2}+\beta^{2} and \alpha^{-2}+\beta^{-2}.

XIV) Form the equation whose roots are the squares of the sum and of the differences of the roots of 2x^{2}+2(m+n)x+m^{2}+n^{2}=0.

XV) Discuss the signs of the roots of the equation px^{2}+qx+r=0

XVI) If a, b and c are odd integers, prove that the roots of the equation ax^{2}+bx+c=0 cannot be rational numbers.

XVII) Given that the equation x^{4}+px^{3}+qx^{2}+rx+s=0 has four real positive roots, prove that (a) pr-16s \geq 0 (b) q^{2}-36s \geq 0, where equality holds, in each case, if and only if the roots are equal.

XVIII) Let p(x)=x^{2}+ax+b be a quadratic polynomial in which a and b are integers. Given any integer n, show that there is an integer M such that p(n)p(n+1)=p(M).

Cheers,

Nalin Pithwa.

Set theory, relations, functions: preliminaries: Part V

Types of functions: (please plot as many functions as possible from the list below; as suggested in an earlier blog, please use a TI graphing calculator or GeoGebra freeware graphing software): 

  1. Constant function: A function f:\Re \longrightarrow \Re given by f(x)=k, where k \in \Re is a constant. It is a horizontal line on the XY-plane.
  2. Identity function: A function f: \Re \longrightarrow \Re given by f(x)=x. It maps a real value x back to itself. It is a straight line passing through origin at an angle 45 degrees to the positive X axis.
  3. One-one or injective function: If different inputs give rise to different outputs, the function is said to be injective or one-one. That is, if f: A \longrightarrow B, where set A is domain and set B is co-domain, if further, x_{1}, x_{2} \in A such that x_{1} \neq x_{2}, then it follows that f(x_{1}) \neq f(x_{2}). Sometimes, to prove that a function is injective, we can prove the conrapositive statement of the definition also; that is, y_{1}=y_{2} where y_{1}, y_{2} \in codomain \hspace{0.1in} range, then it follows that x_{1}=x_{2}. It might be easier to prove the contrapositive. It would be illuminating to construct your own pictorial examples of such a function. 
  4. Onto or surjective: If a function is given by f: X \longrightarrow Y such that f(X)=Y, that is, the images of all the elements of the domain is full of set Y. In other words, in such a case, the range is equal to co-domain. it would be illuminating to construct your own pictorial examples of  such a function.
  5. Bijective function or one-one onto correspondence: A function which is both one-one and onto is called a bijective function. (It is both injective and surjective). Only a bijective function will have a well-defined inverse function. Think why! This is the reason why inverse circular functions (that is, inverse trigonometric functions have their domains restricted to so-called principal values). 
  6. Polynomial function: A function of the form f(x)=a_{0}+a_{1}x+a_{2}x^{2}+\ldots + a_{n}x^{n}, where n is zero or positive integer only and a_{i} \in \Re is called a polynomial with real coefficients. Example. f(x)=ax^{2}=bx+c, where a \neq 0, a, b, c \in \Re is called a quadratic function in x. (this is a general parabola).
  7. Rational function: The function of the type \frac{f(x)}{g(x)}, where g(x) \neq 0, where f(x) and g(x) are polynomial functions of x, defined in a domain, is called a rational function. Such a function can have asymptotes, a term we define later. Example, y=f(x)=\frac{1}{x}, which is a hyperbola with asymptotes X and Y axes.
  8. Absolute value function: Let f: \Re \longrightarrow \Re be given by f(x)=|x|=x when x \geq 0 and f(x)=-x, when x<0 for any x \in \Re. Note that |x|=\sqrt{x^{2}} since the radical sign indicates positive root of a quantity by convention.
  9. Signum function: Let f: \Re \longrightarrow \Re where f(x)=1, when x>0 and f(x)=0 when x=0 and f(x)=-1 when x<0. Such a function is called the signum function. (If you can, discuss the continuity and differentiability of the signum function). Clearly, the domain of this function  is full \Re whereas the range is \{ -1,0,1\}.
  10. In part III of the blog series, we have already defined the floor function and the ceiling function. Further properties of these functions are summarized (and some with proofs in the following wikipedia links): (once again, if you can, discuss the continuity and differentiablity of the floor and ceiling functions): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floor_and_ceiling_functions
  11. Exponential function: A function f: \Re \longrightarrow \Re^{+} given by f(x)=a^{x} where a>0 is called an exponential function. An exponential function is bijective and its inverse is the natural logarithmic function. (the logarithmic function is difficult to define, though; we will consider the details later). PS: Quiz: Which function has a faster growth rate — exponential or a power function ? Consider various parameters.
  12. Logarithmic function: Let a be a positive real number with a \neq 1. If a^{y}=x, where x \in \Re, then y is called the logarithm of x with base a and we write it as y=\ln{x}. (By the way, the logarithmic function is used in the very much loved mp3 music :-))

Regards,

Nalin Pithwa

Set Theory, Relations and Functions: Preliminaries: IV:

Problem Set based on previous three parts:

I) Solve the inequalities in the following exercises expressing the solution sets as intervals or unions of intervals. Also, graph each solution set on the real line:

a) |x| <2 (b) |x| \leq 2 (c) |t-1| \leq 3 (d) |t+2|<1 (e) |3y-7|<4(f) |2y+5|<1 (g) |\frac{z}{5}-1| \leq 1 (h) | \frac{3}{2}z-1| \leq 2 (i) |3-\frac{1}{x}|<\frac{1}{2} (j) |\frac{2}{x}-4|<3 (k) |2x| \geq 4 (l) |x+3| \geq \frac{1}{2} (m) |1-x| >1 (n) |2-3x| > 5 (o) |\frac{x+1}{2}| \geq 1 (p) |\frac{3x}{5}-1|>\frac{2}{5}

II) Quadratic Inequalities:

Solve the inequalities in the following exercises. Express the solution sets as intervals or unions of intervals and graph them. Use the result \sqrt{a^{2}}=|a| as appropriate.

(a) x^{2}<2 (b) 4 \leq x^{2} (c) 4<x^{2}<9 (d) \frac{1}{9} < x^{2} < \frac{1}{4} (e) (x-1)^{2}<4 (f) (x+3)^{2}<2 (g) x^{2}-x<0 (h) x^{2}-x-2 \geq 0

III) Theory and Examples:

i) Do not fall into the trap |-a|=a. For what real numbers a is the equation true? For what real numbers is it false?

ii) Solve the equation: |x-1|=1-x.

iii) A proof of the triangle inequality: 

Give the reason justifying each of the marked steps in the following proof of the triangle inequality:

|a+b|^{2}=(a+b)^{2}…..why ?

=a^{2}+2ab++b^{2}

\leq a^{2}+2|a||b|+b^{2}….why ?

\leq |a|^{2}+2|a||b|+|b|^{2}….why?

=(|a|+|b|)^{2}….why ?

iv) Prove that |ab|=|a||b| for any numbers a and b.

v) If |x| \leq 3 and x>-\frac{1}{2}, what can you say about x?

vi) Graph the inequality: |x|+|y| \leq 1

Questions related to functions:

I) Find the domain and range of each function:

a) f(x)=1-\sqrt{x} (b) F(t)=\frac{1}{1+\sqrt{t}} (c) g(t)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{4-t^{2}}}

II) Finding formulas for functions:

a) Express the area and perimeter of an equilateral triangle as a function of the triangle’ s side with length s.

b) Express the side length of a square as a function of the cube’s diagonal length d. Then, express the surface area  and volume of the cube as a function of the diagonal length.

c) A point P in the first quadrant lies on the graph of the function f(x)=\sqrt{x}. Express the coordinates of P as functions of the slope of the line joining P to the origin.

III) Functions and graphs:

Graph the functions in the questions below. What symmetries, if any, do the graphs have?

a) y=-x^{3} (b) y=-\frac{1}{x^{2}} (c) y=-\frac{1}{x} (d) y=\frac{1}{|x|} (e) y = \sqrt{|x|} (f) y=\sqrt{-x} (g) y=\frac{x^{3}}{8} (h) y=-4\sqrt{x} (i) y=-x^{\frac{3}{2}} (j) y=(-x)^{\frac{3}{2}} (k) y=(-x)^{\frac{2}{3}} (l) y=-x^{\frac{2}{3}}

IV) Graph the following equations ad explain why they are not graphs of functions of x. (a) |y|=x (b) y^{2}=x^{2}

V) Graph the following equations and explain why they are not graphs of functions of x: (a) |x|+|y|=1 (b) |x+y|=1

VI) Even and odd functions:

In the following questions, say whether the function is even, odd or neither.

a) f(x)=3 (b) f(x=x^{-5} (c) f(x)=x^{2}+1 (d) f(x)=x^{2}+x (e) g(x)=x^{4}+3x^{2}-1 (f) g(x)=\frac{1}{x^{2}-1} (g) g(x)=\frac{x}{x^{2}-1} (h) h(t)=\frac{1}{t-1} (i) h(t)=|t^{3}| (j) h(t)=2t+1 (k) h(t)=2|t|+1

Sums, Differences, Products and Quotients:

In the two questions below, find the domains and ranges of f, g, f+g, and f-g.

i) f(x)=x, g(x)=\sqrt{x-1} (ii) f(x)=\sqrt{x+1}, g(x)=\sqrt{x-1}

In the two questions below, find the domains and ranges of f, g, \frac{f}{g} and \frac{g}{f}

i) f(x)=2, g(x)=x^{2}+1

ii) f(x)=1, g(x)=1+\sqrt{x}

Composites of functions:

  1. If f(x)=x+5, and g(x)=x^{2}-5, find the following: (a) f(g(0)) (b) g(f(0)) (c) f(g(x)) (d) g(f(x)) (e) f(f(-5)) (f) g(g(2)) (g) f(f(x)) (h) g(g(x))
  2. If f(x)=x-1 and g(x)=\frac{1}{x+1}, find the following: (a) f(g(\frac{1}{2})) (b) g(f(\frac{1}{2})) (c) f(g(x)) (d) g(f(x)) (e) f(f(2)) (f) g(g(2)) (g) f(f(x)) (h) g(g(x))
  3. If u(x)=4x-5, v(x)=x^{2}, and f(x)=\frac{1}{x}, find formulas or formulae for the following: (a) u(v(f(x))) (b) u(f(v(x))) (c) v(u(f(x))) (d) v(f(u(x))) (e) f(u(v(x))) (f) f(v(u(x)))
  4. If f(x)=\sqrt{x}, g(x)=\frac{x}{4}, and h(x)=4x-8, find formulas or formulae for the following: (a) h(g(f(x))) (b) h(f(g(x))) (c) g(h(f(x))) (d) g(f(h(x))) (e) f(g(h(x))) (f) f(h(g(x)))

Let f(x)=x-5, g(x)=\sqrt{x}, h(x)=x^{3}, and f(x)=2x. Express each of the functions in the questions below as a composite involving one or more of f, g, h and j:

a) y=\sqrt{x}-3 (b) y=2\sqrt{x} (c) y=x^{\frac{1}{4}} (d) y=4x (e) y=\sqrt{(x-3)^{3}} (f) y=(2x-6)^{3} (g) y=2x-3 (h) y=x^{\frac{3}{2}} (i) y=x^{9} (k) y=x-6 (l) y=2\sqrt{x-3} (m) \sqrt{x^{3}-3}

Questions:

a) g(x)=x-7, f(x)=\sqrt{x}, find (f \circ g)(x)

b) g(x)=x+2, f(x)=3x, find (f \circ g)(x)

c) f(x)=\sqrt{x-5}, (f \circ g)(x)=\sqrt{x^{2}-5}, find g(x).

d) f(x)=\frac{x}{x-1}, g(x)=\frac{x}{x-1}, find (f \circ g)(x)

e) f(x)=1+\frac{1}{x}, (f \circ g)(x)=x, find g(x).

f) g(x)=\frac{1}{x}, (f \circ g)(x)=x, find f(x).

Reference: Calculus and Analytic Geometry, G B Thomas. 

NB: I have used an old edition (printed version) to prepare the above. The latest edition may be found at Amazon India link:

https://www.amazon.in/Thomas-Calculus-George-B/dp/9353060419/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1XDE2XDSY5LCP&keywords=gb+thomas+calculus&qid=1570492794&s=books&sprefix=G+B+Th%2Caps%2C255&sr=1-1

Regards,

Nalin Pithwa

 

Elementary algebra: fractions: IITJEE foundation maths

Expertise in dealing with algebraic fractions is necessary especially for integral calculus, which is of course, a hardcore area of IITJEE mains or advanced maths.

Below is a problem set dealing with fractions; the motivation is to develop super-speed and super-fine accuracy:

A) Find the value of the following: (the answer should be in as simple terms as possible, which means, complete factorization will be required):

1) \frac{1}{6a^{2}+54} + \frac{1}{3a-9} - \frac{a}{3a^{2}-27}

2) \frac{1}{6a-18} - \frac{1}{6a+18} -\frac{1}{a^{2}+9} + \frac{18}{a^{4}+81}

3) \frac{1}{8-8x} - \frac{1}{8+8x} + \frac{x}{4+4x^{2}} - \frac{x}{2+2x^{4}}

4) \frac{x+1}{2x^{3}-4x^{2}} + \frac{x-1}{2x^{3}+4x^{2}} - \frac{1}{x^{2}-4}1

5) \frac{1}{3x^{2}-4xy+y^{2}} + \frac{1}{x^{2}-4xy+3y^{2}} -\frac{3}{3x^{2}-10xy+3y^{2}}

6) \frac{1}{x-1} + \frac{2}{x+1} - \frac{3x-2}{x^{2}-1} - \frac{1}{(x+1)^{2}}

7) \frac{108-52x}{x(3-x)^{2}} - \frac{4}{3-x} - \frac{12}{x} + (\frac{1+x}{3-x})^{2}

8) \frac{(a+b)^{2}}{(x-a)(x+a+b)} - \frac{a+2b+x}{2(x-a)} + \frac{(a+b)x}{x^{2}+bx-a^{2}-ab} + \frac{1}{2}

9) \frac{3(x^{2}+x-2)}{x^{2}-x-2} -\frac{3(x^{2}-x-2)}{x^{2}+x-2} - \frac{8x}{x^{2}-4}

More later,

Nalin Pithwa

References for IITJEE Foundation Mathematics and Pre-RMO (Homi Bhabha Foundation/TIFR)

  1. Algebra for Beginners (with Numerous Examples): Isaac Todhunter (classic text): Amazon India link: https://www.amazon.in/Algebra-Beginners-Isaac-Todhunter/dp/1357345259/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547448200&sr=1-2&keywords=algebra+for+beginners+todhunter 
  2. Algebra for Beginners (including easy graphs): Metric Edition: Hall and Knight Amazon India link: https://www.amazon.in/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=algebra+for+beginners+hall+and+knight
  3. Elementary Algebra for School: Metric Edition: https://www.amazon.in/Elementary-Algebra-School-H-Hall/dp/8185386854/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547448497&sr=1-5&keywords=elementary+algebra+for+schools
  4. Higher Algebra: Hall and Knight: Amazon India link: https://www.amazon.in/Higher-Algebra-Knight-ORIGINAL-MASPTERPIECE/dp/9385966677/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547448392&sr=1-6&keywords=algebra+for+beginners+hall+and+knight
  5. Plane Trigonometry: Part I: S L Loney: https://www.amazon.in/Plane-Trigonometry-Part-1-S-L-Loney/dp/938592348X/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547448802&sr=1-16&keywords=plane+trigonometry+part+1+by+s.l.+loney

The above references are a must. Best time to start is from standard VII or standard VIII.

-Nalin Pithwa.

Binomial Theorem: part 2: algebra for math olympiads or IITJEE maths

Binomial Theorem: Part I: A Primer for mathematical olympiads and IITJEE/RMO

Arithmetic Progressions: A Primer for mathematical olympiads and IITJEE mathematics

a gentle introduction…it reminds us that math is about detecting and discerning patterns…whether in numbers, symbols, shapes/figures, or even logical reasoning…regards, Nalin Pithwa.

Harmonic Progressions: A Primer for IITJEE maths and olympiad mathematics