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June 15, 2020

Problem on Equation | AMC-10A, 2007 | Problem 20

Try this beautiful problem from Algebra based on quadratic equation

Problem on Equation - AMC-10A, 2007- Problem 20

Suppose that the number \(a\) satisfies the equation \(4 = a + a^{ - 1}\). What is the value of \(a^{4} + a^{ - 4}\)?

  • \(174\)
  • \(194\)
  • \(156\)

Key Concepts


Linear equation


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Answer: \(194\)

AMC-10A (2007) Problem 20

Pre College Mathematics

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Given that \(4 = a + a^{ - 1}\). we have to find out the value \(a^{4} + a^{ - 4}\)

Squarring both sides of \(a^{4} + a^{ - 4}\) ...then opbtain...

can you finish the problem........

\((a + a^{ - 1})^2=4^2\) \(\Rightarrow (a^2 + a^{-2} +2)=16\) \(\Rightarrow a^2 + a^{-2}=14\) and now squarring both side again.............

can you finish the problem........

Squarring both sides of \(a^2 + a^{-2}=14\) \(\Rightarrow (a^2 + a^{-2})^2=(14)^2\) \(\Rightarrow a^4 + a^{-4} +2=196\) \(\Rightarrow a^4 + a^{-4}=194\)

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