Intermediate Algebra Questions
With Solutions and Explanations - sample 5

The solutions and full explanations to the set of multiple choice intermediate algebra questions in sample 5 are presented.

  1. If f(x) = 4x3 - 4x2 + 10, then f(-2) =

    Solution

    Substitute x by -2 in f(x) as follows

    f(-2) = 4(-2)3 - 4(-2)2 + 10

    = 4(-8) - 4(4) + 10 = - 32 - 16 + 10 = - 38

  2. Which of these values of x satisfies the inequality -7x + 6 ≤ -8
    A. -2 B. 0 C. -7 D. 2

    Solution

    Solve the inequality

    -7x + 6 ≤ -8 , given

    -7x + 6 - 6 ≤ -8 - 6 , add - 6 to both sides

    -7x ≤ - 14 , simplify

    -7x / -7 ≥ -14 / -7 , divide by - 7 and CHANGE symbol of inequality

    x ≥ 2 , solution set

    The answer to the above question is D since 2 is greater that or equal to 2.

  3. The domain of the function f(x) = √(6 - 2x) is given by

    Solution

    f(x) is real if the expression under the radical is positive or equal to zero. Hence to find the domain of we need to solve the following inequality.

    (6 - 2x) ≥ 0

    x ≤ 3 , domain of f

  4. The lines y = 2x and 2y = - x are

    A. parallel B. perpendicular
    C. horizontal D. vertical

    Solution

    Horizontal lines are of the form y = constant and vertical lines are of the from x = constant and therefore the two lines are neither horizontal nor vertical. Let us find the slopes of the two given lines

    y = 2x has a slope equal to 2

    2y = - x is equivalent to y = -(1/2) x and its slope is equal to -(1/2)

    Since the slopes are not equal, the two lines are not parallel. The product of the two slopes is given by

    2*-(1/2) = - 1

    and hence the two lines are perpendicular.

  5. The equation |-2x - 5| - 3 = k has no solution if k =

    A. -5 B. -3 C. 7 D. 0

    Solution

    We first rewrite the given equation in the form

    |-2x - 5| = k + 3



    The term |-2x - 5| is either positive or equal to zero. Therefore the above equation has no solutions whenever the expression k + 3 is negative. The values of k for which the above equation has no solutions are solutions of the inequality

    k + 3 < 0 or k < - 3

    The answer is A since - 5 is less than - 3.

  6. The inequality corresponding to the statement:"the price is no less than 100 Dollars" is

    Solution

    If the price is no less than 100 Dollars, then the price is either equal to or greater than 100 Dollars.

    x ≥ 100

  7. Which of these relations DOES NOT represent a function?

    A. {(2,3),(-4,3),(7,3)} B. {(0,0),(-1,-1),(2,2)}
    C. {(2,3),(-5,3),(2,7)} D. {(-1,3),(-5,3),(-9,0)}


    Solution

    For the relation in C, when x = 2, there are two possible values of y: 3 or 7 and therefore the relation in C is not a function.

  8. Which of these points DOES NOT lie on the graph of y = -x + 3?

    A. (9,- 6) B. (3,0) C. (-2,5) D. (2,2)


    Solution

    Substitute the coordinates of the given points in the given equation and check which one gives a false statement.

    Point (9,- 6) : - 6 = -(9) + 3 , - 6 = - 6 , true , point lies on the line

    Point (3,0) : 0 = - (3) + 3 , 0 = 0 , true , point lies on the line

    Point (-2,5) : 5 = - (-2) + 3 , 5 = 5 , true , point lies on the line

    Point (2,2) : 2 = - (2) + 3 , 2 = 1 , false , point DOES NOT lie on the line

    Answer D.

  9. What is the slope of the line perpendicular to the line y = -5x + 9?

    Solution

    The slope of the given (in slope intercept form) line is equal to - 5. Let m be the slope of the line perpendicular to the given line. Two lines are perpendicular if the product of their slopes is equal to -1. Hence

    m*(-5) = - 1

    Solve for m. Hence

    m = 1/5 is the slope of a line perpendicular to the given line.

  10. Which property is used to write:3(x y) = (3 x)y?

    A. Commutative property of multiplication B. Multiplicative inverse property
    C. Distributive propery D. Associative property of multiplication

    Solution

    We may use the Associative property of multiplication to write

    3(x y) = (3 x)y

  11. In which quadrant do the lines x = 3 and y = - 4 intersect?

    Solution

    The two lines intersect at the point (3 , -4) which is in quadrant IV.

  12. The value of 2 - | - 2 | is



    Solution

    2 - | - 2 | = 2 - 2 , since | - 2 | = 2

    = 1 / 2 2 , since a -n = 1 / an

    = 1/4 = 0.25

  13. If a and b are positive real numbers, then (a0 - 3b0)5 =

    A. 0 B. 1 C. -32 D. 32

  14. Which inequality describes the situation:"length L is at most 45 cm".

    A. L = 45 cm B. L > 45 cm C. L ≥ 45 cm D. L ≤ 45 cm

  15. The equation mx - 8 = 6 - 7(x + 3) DOES NOT have any solution if m =

    A. 3 B. 7 C. -7 D. 0

  16. The equation - mx + 1 = 13 - 4(x + 3) is an identity if m =

    A. 4 B. -4 C. 1 D. -1

  17. Which of the following is ALWAYS true?

    A. A function is not a relation B. Every function is a relation
    C. Every relation is a function D. A relation is not a function

  18. Which of these inequalities has NO solutions?

    A. 7x + 4 > 3 B. |x - 1| > -10
    C. |x + 3| < -2 D. -100x + 5 ≥ 8

  19. The lines y = (a - 5)x + 5 and y = -2x + 7 are parallel if a =

    A. -2 B. 3 C. 5 D. -5

  20. The lines y = (a - 5)x + 5 and y = -2x + 7 are perpendicular if a =

    A. 11/2 B. 5 C. -2/9 D. 9/2


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