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Solutions with Explanations - Sample 4

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  1. If f(x) = 2x - 3, g(x) = -2x3 + 2 and h(x) = 3x, then h(2) + f(g(-1)) =


    Solution

    We first calculate h(2)

    h(2) = 3(2) = 6

    We next calculate g(-1)

    g(-1) = -2(-1)3 + 2 = -2(-1) + 2 = 4

    We next calculate f(g(-1))

    f(g(-1)) = f(4) = 2(4) - 3 = 8 - 3 = 5

    Finally

    h(2) + f(g(-1)) = 6 + 5 = 11

  2. If 3x2 / 34x = 1/81, then x =

    Solution

    We first rewrite the two expressions in the given equation to the same base

    3x2 / 34x = 3x2-4x

    and

    1/81 = 1 / 34 = 3-4

    We now rewrite the equation as follows

    3x2-4x = 3-4

    Which leads to the following algebraic equation

    x2 - 4x = -4

    x2-4x + 4 = 0

    factor and solve

    (x - 2)2 = 0

    x = 2

  3. What are the solutions of x(x - 2) = 5?

    Solution

    Expand and write in standard form

    x2 - 2x - 5 = 0

    Use quadratic formulas

    a x = [ -(-2) + or - sqrt( (-2)2 - 4(1)(-5)) ] / 2

    = [ 2 + or - sqrt(24) ] / 2

    = [ 2 + or - 2 sqrt(6) ] / 2

    two solutions: 1 + sqrt(6) and 1 - sqrt(6)

  4. The formula for the nth term, an, of an arirhmetic progression is given by an = a1 + (n - 1)d, where a1 represents the first term of the progession and d represents its common difference. What is the value of the 20th term of the arithmetic progression 4, 7, 10,...?

    Solution

    The common difference of the given progression is

    7 - 4 = 3 (or 10 - 7 = 3)

    The first term is

    a1 = 4

    The value of the 20th term is given by

    a20 = a1 + (n - 1)d = 4 + (20 - 1)3 = 4 + 3 19 = 4 + 57 = 61


  5. In a a 16-by-12 rectangle, what is the perimeter of the triangle formed by two sides of the rectangle and the diagonal?

    Solution

    Let x be the length of the diagonal and use Pythagora's theorem to find it.

    x2 = 162 + 122 = 256 + 144 = 400

    x = sqrt(400) = 20

    The three sides of the triangle are the length and width of the rectangle and the diagonal.

    Perimeter = 16 + 12 + 20 = 48

  6. If sqrt(-1) = i, then (-2 + 2 i)5 =

    Solution

    We first write the complex number z = (-2 + 2i) in exponential form.

    z = (-2 + 2i) = sqrt((-2)2 + (22)) e[ i arg(2/-2) ] = 2 sqrt(2) e[ i arg(2/-2) ]

    = 2 sqrt(2) e[ 3 Pi/4 i ]

    We now apply De Moivre theorem to find (-2 + 2 i)5

    (-2 + 2 i)5 = z 5

    = (2 sqrt(2))5 e[ 5 3 Pi/4 i ]

    = 128 sqrt(2) e[ 15 Pi/4 i ]

    = 128 *sqrt(2)* [ sin(15 Pi/4) + i cos(15 Pi/4) ]

    = 128 sqrt(2) [1/sqrt(2) - i * 1/sqrt(2) ] = 128 - 128 i

  7. For all values of x > 0, log[( x2 cube root(7) ] =

    Solution

    We first the log formula log (A*B) = log A + log B to write that

    log[( x2 cube root(7) ] = log( x2) + log(cube root(7))

    We now use the log formula log (An) = n log A to simplify the above

    = 2 log x + log (7(1/3))

    = 2 log x + (1/3) log 7

  8. Which of these interval represents all the real values that are the range of y = 1 / (4 - x2)

    Solution

    y = 1 / (4 - x2) is a even function since

    y(-x) = 1 / (4 - (-x)2) = 1 / (4 - x2)

    Because it is an even function and therefore its graph is symmetric with respect to the y axis, we shall study its graph for x ≥ 0.
    Since the denominator of this rational function is zero at x = + or -2, it has 2 vertical asymptotes: x = 2 and x = - 2.
    It also has a horizontal asymptote given by y = 0 because the degree of the denominator is greater than the degree of the numerator.


    For 0 ≤ x < 2, 4 - x2 is positive and therefore 1 / (4 - x2) is also positive.

    For x > 2 , 4 - x2 is negative and therefore 1 / (4 - x2) is also negative.

    Also for x = 0, y = 1/4

    Putting all the above information together to graph the given function, we end up with the graph below.

    range of rational function .



    The range of the given function is given by the interval.

    (-infinity , 0) U [1/4 , +infinity)

  9. Which of these intervals represents all values of x that makes sqrt(x2 + 2x) a real number?

    Solution

    sqrt(x2 + 2x) is real if .

    x2 + 2x ≥ 0

    or

    x(x + 2) ≥ 0

    x(x + 2) changes sign at the values of x that make x(x + 2) = 0 which are x = 0 and x = - 2. Hence 3 intervals to study the sign of x(x + 2)

    interval 1: (- infinity , -2] , x(x + 2) ≥ 0

    interval 2: [-2 , 0] , x(x + 2) ≤ 0

    interval 3: [0 , +infinity) , x(x + 2) ≥ 0

    sqrt(x2 + 2x) is real for x in the interval

    (-infinity , -2] U [0 , +infinity)

  10. log 32 + log 16 =

    Solution

    Note that

    32 = 25 and 16 = 24

    Hence

    log 32 + log 16 = log 25 + log 24

    = 5 log 2 + 4 log 2 = 9 log 2

  11. If 9(x + 1) = 3 * 9y, then

    Solution

    Let us rewrite the two sides of the equation to the same base

    9(x + 1) = (32)(x + 1) = 32(x + 1)

    3 * 9y = 31 * (32)y = 31 + 2y

    We now rewrite the given equation as follows

    32(x + 1) = 31 + 2y



    Which leads to

    2(x + 1) = 1 + 2y

    Solve for x

    2x + 2 = 1 + 2y

    2x = 2y - 1

  12. If A is a matrix given by

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    , then

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    Solution

    The determinant of a 2 by 2 matrix of the form matrix is given by

    AD - BC

    Apply the above to the given matrix to obtain the determinant as follows

    a(-a) - (ad)(e) = -a2 - aed = -a(a + ed)



  13. If cos(80o) = a and cos(60o)cos(20o) = b, then sin(60o)sin(20o) =

    Solution

    Write cos(80o) as follows

    cos(80o) = cos(60o + 20o)

    Expand

    = cos(60o)cos(20o) - sin(60o) sin(20o)

    Substitute cos(80o) by a and cos(60o)cos(20o) by b

    a = b - sin(60o) sin(20o)

    Hence

    sin(60o) sin(20o) = b - a

  14. Which pair of functions have the same graph?

    A) sin(x) and cos(x + 3 Pi/2)
    B) sin(x) and cos(x + Pi/2)
    C) sin(x) and cos(x + Pi)
    D) sin(x) and cos(x - 3 Pi/2)
    E) sin(x) and cos(x + 5 Pi/2)

    Solution

    Let us expand cos(x + 3 Pi/2) and simplify

    cos(x + 3 Pi/2) = cos(x) cos(3 Pi/2) - sin(x) sin(3 Pi/2) = cos(x) 0 - sin(x)(-1) = sin(x)

    Since cos(x + 3 Pi/2) simplify to sin(x), the two functions have the same graph.

    NOTE: As an exercise, expand the remaining functions: cos(x + Pi/2) , cos(x + Pi), cos(x - 3 Pi/2) and cos(x + 5 Pi/2) and show that none is equal to sin(x).

  15. Which of these functions have the highest period?

    A) cos(x + 3 Pi/2)
    B) sin(2x - Pi)
    C) cos(0.2x)
    D) 10 sin(x)
    E) cos(200x)

    Solution

    The period of a function of the form y = a sin(bx + c) or y = a cos(bx + c) is given by

    2 Pi / |b|

    Let us now find the periods of the given functions

    A) cos(x + 3 Pi/2) : Period = 2 Pi / |1| = 2 Pi
    B) sin(2x - Pi) : Period = 2 Pi / |2| = Pi
    C) cos(0.2x) : Period = 2 Pi / |0.2| = 10 Pi
    D) 10 sin(x) : Period = 2 Pi / |1| = 2 Pi
    E) cos(200x) : Period = 2 Pi / |200| = Pi / 100 = 0.01 Pi

    The function with the highest period is

    cos(0.2x)

  16. What is the measure of x, 0 < x < 5 Pi / 2, if |- sin(x) + 1| = 2

    Solution

    If |- sin(x) + 1| = 2 , then

    -sin(x) + 1 = 2 or -sin(x) + 1 = -2

    sin(x) = - 1 or sin(x) = 3

    The equation sin(x) = 3 has no real solutions. However the solution for the equation sin(x) = - 1 such that 0 < x < 5 Pi / 2 is

    x = 3 Pi/2

  17. If Pi < x < 2 Pi and cos(x) = - 1 / 2, then x =

    Solution

    Start with

    cos(Pi / 3) = 1/2

    For Pi < x < 2 Pi and cos(x) = - 1/2, x is in quadrant III. Hence

    x = Pi + Pi/3 = 4 Pi/3

  18. [ cos(t) / cot(t) ] csc2(t) =

    Solution

    Use the identities csc(t) = 1 / sin(t) and tan(t) = 1 / cot(t) to write

    [ cos(t) / cot(t) ] csc2(t) = cos(t) tan(t) / sin2(t) = cos(t) [ sin(t) / cos(t)] / sin2(t)

    simplify

    = 1 / sin(t)= csc(t)

  19. If f(u) = 2 cos(u) + 5 and g(v) = 0.5 sin(2v), what is f(g(Pi / 2))

    Solution

    We first calculate g(Pi/2)

    g(Pi/2) = 0.5 sin(2 Pi/2) = 0

    f(g(Pi/2)) is calculated as follows

    f(g(Pi / 2)) = f(0) = 2 cos(0) + 5 = 2 * 1 + 5 = 7

  20. If Pi < x < 2 Pi and tan(x) = 1/4, then sin(x) =

    Solution

    Use the definition of tan(x) = b / a where point (a,b) is on the terminal side of angle x to write

    tan(x) = 1/4 = b / a

    Since x is in quadrant III, we can write

    b = - 1 and a = - 4

    r distance from (0,0) to (a,b) is given by

    r = sqrt(12 + 42) = sqrt(17)

    We now use sin(x) = b / r

    sin(x) = -1 / sqrt(17)

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