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Diagnostic and Statistical Mathematics Test DSMI

United Departments of Mathematics DBS March 24, 2011

Instructions
This is a diagnostic test for which no marks will be awarded. The purpose of this test is to determine your mathematical ability to help us better plan the courses we offer. The test is divided into parts. Each part has three questions. The questions are arranged from easy to hard. It is enough to do one question from each partthe hardest one you can manage. S how all working

Factorisation
Factorise the following expressions. Q uestion 1 (a) (b) (c) 12m3 np5 32m2 p2 49x2 4y2 x2 5x 24

Q uestion 2 (a) (b) (c) xy xz + wz wy 4m2 + 4m + 1 3 x2 + 7 x + 4

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Q uestion 3 (a) (b) (c) x4 81 a2 + 12ab + 36b2 25c2 + 10c 1 8x2 22xy + 15y2

Quadratic Equations
Solve the following equations. Q uestion 1 x2 + 11x + 28 = 0 Q uestion 2 x2 6x + 11 = 0 Q uestion 3 2x
1 x

=3

Algebraic Fractions
Simplify the following algebraic fractions. Q uestion 1 (a) (b) (c)
4 x 8 2 x +4 2x 3 3x 4

4x 7 2p 5

Q uestion 2 (a) (b) (c)


x2 +7x +12 2 x 2 +6 x x x +2

3 x 4 p+q 4 p 2q

p2 q2 2 pq

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Q uestion 3 (a) (b)


x 2 +3 x +2 x +5

2 x 2 x 1 x 2 +4 x 5

18 5x2 12xy9y2

13 5x2 7xy6y2

Coordinate Geometry
Q uestion 1 (a) What is the distance between the points A(1, 3) and B(2, 5)? What is the gradient of the line segment displayed below?

(b)

Q uestion 2 (a) M is the midpoint of AB. Find the coordinates of B, if A is (1, 3) and M is (4, 2). Given the points A(1, 4), B(1, 0), C (6, 3) and D (t, 1), nd t if (i) (ii) (c) AB is parallel to CD AD is perpendicular to BC

(b)

Find the equation of the line which passes through points: A(2, 7) and B(3, 2).

Q uestion 3 (a) What is the equation of the line shown on the graph below?

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(b)

Find the distance from P(7, 4) to the line with equation 2x + y 5 = 0.

Exponents
Q uestion 1 (a) (b) (c) Express 3x 34 x in the simplest form. Express Write
( xy)3 y 2

in the simplest form.

52 in index form.

Q uestion 2 (a) (b) (c) Simplify


3 a 9 a 27a+2

Simplify 2n+1 + 3(2n ) 2n1 Solve 312x =


1 27

Q uestion 3 (a) (b) (c) Factorise 25x + 4(5x ) 12 Solve 9x = 7(3x ) + 18


x +1 Solve 3x+1 9 x = ( 1 3)

Formula Rearrangement
Q uestion 1 Make x the subject of the following equation: 3x + a = bx + c. Q uestion 2 Make x the subject of the following equation: y = 3 Q uestion 3 Make v the subject of the following equation: m = assume that all quantities are greater than 0.
m0 . 2 1 ( v c) 6 x 2 .

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