If #x+2# is a factor of #f(x)=2x^3-3x^2-4x+a# , find the value of #a#?

2 Answers
Feb 28, 2018

Answer:

#a=20#

Explanation:

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Use the Synthetic division method;

Write down the coefficient numbers in the first row in order of highest to lowest power and the factor.

#x+2 (x-m) m=-2#

Drag the first coefficient number down, #2xx(-2)=-4#, write #-4# under the next coefficient number, #-3+(-4)=-7#, #(-2)xx(-7)=14#, repeat...

We want the denominator to be zero, so

#a+(-20)=0#

#a=20#

Feb 28, 2018

Answer:

#a=20#

Explanation:

#"given "x+2" is a factor then "x=-2" is a zero"#

#rArrf(-2)=2(-2)^3-3(-2)^2-4(-2)+a=0#

#rArr-16-12+8+a=0#

#rArra=20#