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March 30, 2020

How to Pursue Mathematics after High School?

For Students who are passionate for Mathematics and want to pursue it for higher studies in India and abroad.

Try this beautiful problem from Algebra based on Quadratic equation.

Algebra based on Quadratic equation PRMO Problem 9

Suppose a,b are integers and a + b is a root of \(x^2 +ax+b=0\).What is the maximum possible
values of \( b^2 \)?

  • $49$
  • $81$
  • $64$

Key Concepts


quadratic equation


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PRMO-2018, Problem 9

Pre College Mathematics

Try with Hints

(‘a+b”) is the root of the equation therefore (“a+b”) must satisfy the given equation

Can you now finish the problem ..........

Discriminant is a perfect square

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

Given that \(‘a+b”\) is the root of the equation therefore \(“a+b”\) must satisfy the given equation

Therefore the given equation becomes ……

\((a+b)^2 +a(a+b)+b=0\)

\(\Rightarrow a^2 +2ab+b^2+a^2+ab+b=0\)

\(\Rightarrow 2a^2 +3ab+b^2+b=0\)

Now since “a” is an integer,Discriminant is a perfect square

\(\Rightarrow 9b^2 -8(b^2+b)=m^2\) (for some \(m \in \mathbb Z)\)

\(\Rightarrow (b-4)^2 -16=m^2\)

\(\Rightarrow (b-4+m)(b-4-m)=16\)

Therefore the possible cases are  \(b-4+m=\pm 8\), \(b-4-m=\pm 2\),\(b-4+m=b-4-m=\pm 4\)

 i.e b-4=5,-5,4,-4

\(\Rightarrow b =9,-1,8,0\)

 Therefore \( (b^2)_{max} = 81\)

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