# Which could be the x-coordinate of a solution to the system of equations above?

Woops! Forgot part of first equation in question just submitted. Here is the full question:

(x + 2)^2 + (y – 3)^2 = 40
y = -2x + 4

Which could be the x-coordinate of a solution to the system of equations above?

A) √7

B) √35 / 2

C) (6 + 2√34) /5

D) (4 + 2√191) /5

# What am I not seeing?

4x + y = 7
2x – 7y = 1

If I multiply the second equation by 2, I can stack them and subtract:

4x + y = 7
4x – 14y = 2

So, 15y = 5, —> y = 3

Then: 2x – 7(3) = 1 –> 2x – 21 = 3 —> 2x = 24 –> x = 12
But: 4x + 3 = 7 –> 4x = 4 –> x = 1

What am I not seeing? The answer should be x= 5/3.

# The lengths of the sides of a rectangle are a and b…

The lengths of the sides of a rectangle are a and b, where a > b The sum of the lengths of the two shorter sides and one of the longer sides of the rectangle is 36. What value of a maximizes the area of the rectangle?

A .9
B. 12
C. 18
D. 24

The answer is C. I suspect there is an easier way to solve than completing the square and finding the vertex of the resulting quadratic function. What is your most direct, easy to understand solution to this calculator-allowed question?

# For the given function g, which of the following equivalent forms…

g(x) = 1/5 (5)^(x+4)

For the given function g, which of the following equivalent forms shows the y-coordinate of the y-intercept of the graph of y=g(x) in the xy-plane as a constant or coefficient?

A. g(x) = 125(5)^x

B. g(x) = 25(5)^(x+1)

C. g(x) = 5(5)^(x+2)

D. g(x) = (5)^(x+3)

Choice A is correct, but why?

# The function f is defined by a polynomial…

x f(x)
____________
-5 0
-1 36
0 0
1 6
2 0

The function f is defined by a polynomial. Some values of x and f(x) are shown in the table above. Which of the following could define f?

A) (x – 5) (x + 2)
B) (x + 5)^2 (x – 2)^3
C) x^2 (x + 5) (x – 2)^2
D) x (x + 5) (x – 2)

Specifically, can you explain why C is correct but D cannot be?

# In a circle with area of 120 to 124 sq inches…

In a circle with area of 120 to 124 sq inches, the area of the sector formed by an angle is between 20 and 21 sq inches. What is one possible integer value of the angle?

I came up with a low value of 60 (if area of circle is on the lowest end, 120 sq inches, and area of the sector is also on the low end, 20 inches). If both those areas are on the highest end, then I came up with 60 again. But answer is supposed to be 59 ≤ x ≤ 63. Does this make sense, and if so, can you explain it?

# Can you explain a more direct way to solve College Board Official Practice Test 9, Math Section 4 #19, than the College Board’s explanation?

Can you explain a more direct way to solve College Board Official Practice Test 9, Math Section 4 #19, than the College Board’s explanation? I seem to remember something about making a chart to solve mixture problems. Would that work here?

# A question on polynomials practice question #10 (p. 149 in PWN the SAT Math Guide)…

A question on polynomials practice question #10 (p. 149 in PWN the SAT Math Guide): I understand how to solve using polynomial long division but can you explain your shortcut from the answer explanation? How would we know to plug in -3?

# Could you further explain your explanation of Practice Question #4 in PWN the SAT Math Guide “Polynomials” chapter (p. 148).

Could you further explain your explanation of Practice Question #4 in PWN the SAT Math Guide “Polynomials” chapter (p. 148). In your long division confirmation of the answer (explanation p. 326), how do you know to divide by 9x + 1?

# Can you suggest a quick method to solve College Board Practice Test 5 Math Section 3 #14?

Can you suggest a quick method to solve College Board Practice Test 5 Math Section 3 #14? I plugged in easy numbers for x in order to eliminate answer choices (first x=1, then x=0), but wonder if there is a more direct way to solve.

# In the “Proving Grounds” Quiz 1 #5 explanation, you state: “…We know that, as a general rule, the remainder when a polynomial f(x) is divided by x – a is f(a).” Can you explain this further?

In the “Proving Grounds” Quiz 1 #5, this question is given:

p(x) = ax^2 + bx + c
q(x) = ax^2 + bx + d

The functions p(x) and q(x) are defined above, and a, b, c, and d are constants. If x – 3 is a factor of p(x) and d is 8 greater than c, what is the remainder when q(x) is divided by x – 3?

“…We know that, as a general rule, the remainder when a polynomial f(x) is divided by x – a is f(a).”

Can you explain this further?

# Is there a way to solve this system of equations without using the quadratic formula (or graphing)?

Is there a way to solve this system of equations without using the quadratic formula (or graphing)?

f(x) = –2/3 x + 4
g(x) = 3(x + 2)^2 – 4

How many solutions does the system above have?

# If the value of a is 7, which of the following is a possible solution to the system of inequalities

y > -½ x + a

y > 2 x – a

If the value of a is 7, which of the following is a possible solution to the system of inequalities above?

A) (2, 6)
B) (4, 5)
C) (5, 4)
D) (5, 3)

Is there a better way than plugging in the answers to solve this?

# f(x) = √x and g(x) = 3x – b…

f(x) = √x
g(x) = 3x – b

If the graph of y = f(g(x)) passes through (6, 5) in the standard (x, y) coordinate plane, what is the value of b?

# In the system of equations above, a and b represent the distance, in meters, two marathon runners are…

a = 4800 – 6t
b = 5400 – 8t

In the system of equations above, a and b represent the distance, in meters, two marathon runners are from the finish line after running for four hours and t seconds. How far will runner a be from the finish line when runner b passes her?

A. 300 meters
B. 500 meters
C. 100 meters
D. 3000 meters