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Sum and product of the roots

    Sum of the roots of a quadratic equation is 5 less than the product of the roots. If one root is 1 more than the other root, find the product of the roots?
    1. 6 or 3
    2. 12 or 2
    3. 8 or 4
    4. 12 or 4


  • Correct Answer
    Choice B. 12 or 2

Detailed Solution

Sum of the roots = (product of the roots) – 5
Let and be the two roots


Solving, we get = 3 or -2
Therefore, = 4 or -1

Hence product of the two roots is either 12 or 2.

Correct Answer: 12 or 2

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