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College Algebra Midterm Examination

August 2013

Part II. Manipulating polynomials and equations 1. Factor completely the following: [5 pts each] 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 a. 6m 4n 8m n 3mn b. 4a 12ab 7b 8bc c 2. Write the expression as a fraction in lowest terms with positive exponents only; n is a positive integer. Assume all variables are positive. [5 pts each] a.
n 1 n 2 1 4 2 16 2

2n 1

8n

n 1

b.

n1 n 2 1 9 2 27 3

81 3
n n 1

n 2 n

3. Consider the quadratic equation 2x2 9x 7 0. Determine the nature of roots, the sum of roots, and the product of roots. [5 pts] 4. Given the general quadratic equation ax2 bx c 0, derive the quadratic formula. [5 pts] 5. Divide: x 3 1 4i x 2 i a. x 7 2i 6. Rationalize: a.
5 3 4 5 2 5 3 3

[5 pts each] b.
x ix x i 1 x i x i
3 2

[5 pts each] , Denominator b.


2 x h 1 2x 1 h

, Numerator

7. Express as a single fraction 2y 1 3 2 2y y 1 2 3y 2y 2 8. Find a simple rational expression equivalent to it: 9. Find all values of x that satisfy the equation
x 1 x 2 1 x 1 2 x x 1 x1 2

[5 pts]

[5 pts]

x2 5x 5

x 4 x60
2

1.

[10 pts]

Prepared by: Naci John C. Trance, PECE