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Algebra Drills

Quadratic Equations: Skill Test


Time Started: __________ Score
Time Finished: __________
I. (6 pts) ______
II. (4 pts) ______
I. Find the value of k that would make the left side III. (2 pts) ______
of each equation a perfect square trinomial. IV. (3 pts) ______
V. (2 pts) ______
VI. (2 pts) ______
(1) x 2 + kx + 16 = 0 VII. (2 pts) ______
(2) x 2 − kx + 81 = 0 VIII. (4 pts) ______
(3) x 2 − kx + 25 = 7 Total Score: ______
(4) x 2 + kx + 16 = −32 Highest Possible Score: 25
(5) x 2 + kx + 36 = 10
(6) x 2 − kx + 64 = 8

II. Use the discriminant to determine the nature of solutions of each quadratic equation.
(1) − 2 x 2 − 7 x − 5 = 0 (2) 3 x 2 − 5 x + 5 = 0
(3) 2 x( x + 1) + 8 = 0 (4) 2 x 2 + 3 x = 10

III. For each equation, determine the value(s) of k for which there will be only one solution.
(1) 2 x 2 + kx + 8 = 0 (2) kx 2 − kx + 2 = 0

IV. Solve by completing the square.


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(1) x + x=
2
(2) 9 x 2 − 12 x + 5 = 0 (3) x 2 = 4 3 x − 12
4 2

V. Find the sum and product of the solutions of each equation:


(1) 4 x 2 − 3 x − 5 = 0 (2) 4r 2 = 10 − r

VI. Write a quadratic equation with the given solutions.


− 3 + 2i 3 − 3 − 2i 3
(1) 2/3 and ½ (2) and
3 3

VII. Solve each equation:


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(1) ( x + 1)( x − 2) = x + 6 (2) + =5
( x − 2) ( x + 2)

VIII. Problem Solving:


(1) Find a number such that four more than twice its square is six times the original number.
(2) Find a number such that its square increased by 34 is equal to ten times the original number.
(3) A number decreased by its reciprocal equals 7/12. Find the number.
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(4) The sum of a number and its reciprocal is 3 . What is the number?
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"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent
than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas." -- G. H. Hardy