Past Papers’ Solutions  Assessment & Qualification Alliance (AQA)  AS & A level  Mathematics 6360  Pure Core 1 (6360MPC1)  Year 2008  June  Q#6
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Question
The polynomial p(x) is given by .
a. Use the Remainder Theorem to find the remainder when p(x) is divided by x1 .
b.
i. Use the Factor Theorem to show that x+2 is a factor of p(x).
ii. Express p(x) as the product of linear factors.
c.
i. The curve with equation passes through the point (0,k). State the value of k.
ii. Sketch the graph of , indicating the values of x where the curve touches or crosses the xaxis.
Solution
a.
Remainder theorem states that if is divided by then;
For the given case is divided by .
Here and . Hence;
b.
i.
Factor theorem states that if is a factor of then;
For the given case is factor of .
We can write the factor in standard form as;
Here and . Hence;
Hence, is factor of .
ii.
If is a polynomial of degree then will have exactly factors, some of which may repeat.
We are given a polynomial of degree ,
Therefore, it will have 03 factors some of which may repeat.
From (b:i) we already have 01 factor of .
We may divide the given polynomial with any of the already known linear factor(s) to get a quadratic factor and then factorize the obtained quadratic factor to find the 2^{nd} and 3^{rd} linear factors.
For the given case;
Already known factor from (b:i) is .
We may divide the given polynomial by factor .
Therefore, we get the quadratic factor for given polynomial. Now we factorize this quadratic factor.
Hence, can be written as product of three linear factors as follows;
It is evident that factor is a repeating factor.
c.
i.
If a curve or line passes through a point then equation of that curve or line must satisfy the coordinates of that point.
We are given that the curve with equation passes through the point (0,k).
Substituting and in the equation of the curve;
ii.
We are required to sketch a cubical polynomial given as;
ü Find the sign of the coefficient of . This gives the shape of the graph at the extremities. If the coefficient of is such that cubic graph is increasing from left to right at the extremities and when the cubic graph is inverted.
The coefficient of in the given polynomial is positive. Therefore it will cause normal cubic graph increasing from left to right at the extremities.
ü Find the point where the graph crosses yaxis by finding the value of when .
Therefore for ;
Hence, the cubic graph intercepts yaxis at .
ü Find the point(s) where the graph crosses the xaxis by finding the value of when . If there is repeated root the graph will touch the xaxis.
From (b:ii) we know that given polynomial can be written as;
It is evident from factors that the function will cross/intersect horizontal axis when;






The curve will touch xaxis at the point found from repeating factor.
It is evident cubic graph will intersect xaxis at and will touch xaxis at .
ü Calculate the values of for some value of . The is particularly useful in determining the quadrant in which the graph might turn close to the yaxis.
ü Complete the sketch of the graph by joining the sections.
Sketch should show the main features of the graph and also, where possible, values where the graph intersects coordinate axes.
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