2017 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 24


For certain real numbers $a$, $b$, and $c$, the polynomial \[g(x) = x^3 + ax^2 + x + 10\]has three distinct roots, and each root of $g(x)$ is also a root of the polynomial \[f(x) = x^4 + x^3 + bx^2 + 100x + c.\]What is $f(1)$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ -9009 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ -8008 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ -7007 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ -6006 \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ -5005$

Solution 1

$f(x)$ must have four roots, three of which are roots of $g(x)$. Using the fact that every polynomial has a unique factorization into its roots, and since the leading coefficient of $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ are the same, we know that


where $-p\in\mathbb{R}$ is the fourth root of $f(x)$. (Using $(x+p) = (x-r))$ instead of $(x-r)$ makes the following computations less messy.) Substituting $g(x)$ and expanding, we find that

\begin{align*}f(x)&=(x^3+ax^2+x+10)(x+p)\\ &=x^4+(a+p)x^3+(1+ap)x^2+(10+p)x+10r.\end{align*}

Comparing coefficients with $f(x)$, we see that

\begin{align*} a+p&=1\\ 1+ap=b\\ 10+p&=100\\ 10p&=c.\\ \end{align*}

Let's solve for $a,b,c,$ and $p$. Since $10+p=100$, $p=90$.

Since $a+p=1$, $a=-89$.

(Solution 1.1 branches from here and takes a shortcut.)


Then, since $b=1+ap$, $b=-8009$. Thus,


(Solution 1.2 branches from here and takes another shortcut)

Taking $f(1)$, we find that

\begin{align*} f(1)&=1^4+1^3-8009(1)^2+100(1)+900\\ &=1+1-8009+100+900\\ &=\boxed{\bold{(C)}\, -7007}.\\ \end{align*}

Solution 1.1

A faster ending to Solution 1 is as follows.

\begin{align*} f(1)&=(1+p)(1^3+a\cdot1^2+1+10)\\ &=(91)(-77)\\ &= (7)(13)(11)(-7) = (1001)(-7) \\ &=\boxed{\bold{(C)}\, -7007}.\\ \end{align*}

Solution 1.2

Also a faster ending to Solution 1 is as follows.

To find $f(1)$ we just need to find the sum of the coefficients which is $1 + 1 - 8009 + 100 + 900= \boxed{\bold{(C)} \ , -7007}.$


Solution 2

We notice that the constant term of $f(x)=c$ and the constant term in $g(x)=10$. Because $f(x)$ can be factored as $g(x) \cdot (x- r)$ (where $r$ is the unshared root of $f(x)$, we see that using the constant term, $-10 \cdot r = c$ and therefore $r = -\frac{c}{10}$. Now we once again write $f(x)$ out in factored form:

\[f(x) = g(x)\cdot (x-r) = (x^3+ax^2+x+10)(x+\frac{c}{10})\].

We can expand the expression on the right-hand side to get:

\[f(x) = x^4+(a+\frac{c}{10})x^3+(1+\frac{ac}{10})x^2+(10+\frac{c}{10})x+c\]

Now we have $f(x) = x^4+(a+\frac{c}{10})x^3+(1+\frac{ac}{10})x^2+(10+\frac{c}{10})x+c=x^4+x^3+bx^2+100x+c$.

Simply looking at the coefficients for each corresponding term (knowing that they must be equal), we have the equations: \[10+\frac{c}{10}=100 \Rightarrow c=900\] \[a+\frac{c}{10} = 1, c=900 \Rightarrow a + 90 =1 \Rightarrow a= -89\]

and finally,

\[1+\frac{ac}{10} = b = 1+\frac{-89 \cdot 900}{10} = b = -8009\].

We know that $f(1)$ is the sum of its coefficients, hence $1+1+b+100+c$. We substitute the values we obtained for $b$ and $c$ into this expression to get $f(1) = 1 + 1 + (-8009) + 100 + 900 = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\,-7007}$.

Solution 3

Let $r_1,r_2,$ and $r_3$ be the roots of $g(x)$. Let $r_4$ be the additional root of $f(x)$. Then from Vieta's formulas on the quadratic term of $g(x)$ and the cubic term of $f(x)$, we obtain the following:

\begin{align*} r_1+r_2+r_3&=-a \\  r_1+r_2+r_3+r_4&=-1 \end{align*}

Thus $r_4=a-1$.

Now applying Vieta's formulas on the constant term of $g(x)$, the linear term of $g(x)$, and the linear term of $f(x)$, we obtain:

\begin{align*} r_1r_2r_3  & = -10\\ r_1r_2+r_2r_3+r_3r_1 &= 1\\  r_1r_2r_3+r_2r_3r_4+r_3r_4r_1+r_4r_1r_2  & = -100\\ \end{align*}

Substituting for $r_1r_2r_3$ in the bottom equation and factoring the remainder of the expression, we obtain:


It follows that $r_4=-90$. But $r_4=a-1$ so $a=-89$

Now we can factor $f(x)$ in terms of $g(x)$ as


Then $f(1)=91g(1)$ and

\[g(1)=1^3-89\cdot 1^2+1+10=-77\]

Hence $f(1)=91\cdot(-77)=\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\,-7007}$.

Solution 4 (Risky)

Let the roots of $g(x)$ be $r_1$, $r_2$, and $r_3$. Let the roots of $f(x)$ be $r_1$, $r_2$, $r_3$, and $r_4$. From Vieta's, we have: \begin{align*} r_1+r_2+r_3=-a \\ r_1+r_2+r_3+r_4=-1 \\ r_4=a-1 \end{align*} The fourth root is $a-1$. Since $r_1$, $r_2$, and $r_3$ are common roots, we have: \begin{align*} f(x)=g(x)(x-(a-1)) \\ f(1)=g(1)(1-(a-1)) \\ f(1)=(a+12)(2-a) \\ f(1)=-(a+12)(a-2) \\ \end{align*} Let $a-2=k$: \begin{align*} f(1)=-k(k+14) \end{align*} Note that $-7007=-1001\cdot(7)=-(7\cdot(11)\cdot(13))\cdot(7)=-91\cdot(77)$ This gives us a pretty good guess of $\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\, -7007}$.

Solution 5

First off, let's get rid of the $x^4$ term by finding $h(x)=f(x)-xg(x)$. This polynomial consists of the difference of two polynomials with $3$ common factors, so it must also have these factors. The polynomial is $h(x)=(1-a)x^3 + (b-1)x^2 + 90x + c$, and must be equal to $(1-a)g(x)$. Equating the coefficients, we get $3$ equations. We will tackle the situation one equation at a time, starting the $x$ terms. Looking at the coefficients, we get $\dfrac{90}{1-a} = 1$. \[\therefore 90=1-a.\] The solution to the previous is obviously $a=-89$. We can now find $b$ and $c$. $\dfrac{b-1}{1-a} = a$, \[\therefore b-1=a(1-a)=-89*90=-8010\] and $b=-8009$. Finally $\dfrac{c}{1-a} = 10$, \[\therefore c=10(1-a)=10*90=900\] Solving the original problem, $f(1)=1 + 1 + b + 100 + c = 102+b+c=102+900-8009=\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\, -7007}$.

Solution 6

Simple polynomial division is a feasible method. Even though we have variables, we can equate terms at the end of the division so that we can cancel terms. Doing the division of $\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}$ eventually brings us the final step $(1-a)x^3 + (b-1)x^2 + 90x + c$ minus $(1-a)x^3 - (a-a^2)x^2 + (1-a)x + 10(1-a)$ after we multiply $f(x)$ by $(1-a)$. Now we equate coefficients of same-degree $x$ terms. This gives us $10(1-a) = c, b-1 = a - a^2, 1-a = 90 \Rightarrow a = -89, c = 900, b = -8009$. We are interested in finding $f(1)$, which equals $1^4 + 1^3 -8009\cdot1^2 + 100\cdot1 + 900 = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\,-7007}$. ~skyscraper

Solution 7

We first note that $f(x) = g(x) \cdot q(x) + r(x)$ where $q$ is the quotient function and $r$ is the remainder function.

Clearly, $r(x) = 0$ because every single root in $g$ is also in $f$, thus implying $g$ divides $f$. So, we wish to find $f(1) = g(1) \cdot q(1)$.

Such an expression for $g(1)$ is pretty clean here as we can obtain $g(1) = a + 12$, so we rewrite $f(1) = (a + 12) \cdot q(1)$. Well, now we need to know how $q$ is expressed in order to obtain $q(1)$. This motivates us to long divide to obtain the quotient function. After simple long division $q(x) = x + (1 - a)$. In addition, what is left over, namely $r(x)$, has a constant piece of $a + 89$ (you'll see in a few sentences why we only care about particularly the constant piece).

Now we can write: $f(1) = (a + 12) \cdot (2 - a)$.

Now, as we have already established $r(x) = 0$ for ALL $x$ that means $r(0)$ or the constant piece is $0$, so $89 + a = 0$, in which we obtain $a = -89$. We now plug this back into our equation for $f(1)$ to get $(-89 + 12)(2 - (89)) = -77 \cdot 91 = \boxed{\textbf{(C)}\,-7007}$. ~triggod

General Notes

$f(1)$ for any polynomial is simply the sum of the coefficients of the polynomial.

$f(x)/g(x) = x+r$ must have real $r$. Both $f$ and $g$ have all real coefficients, and so odd-degree $g$ must have an odd number of real roots, and even-degree $f$ must have an even number of real roots, so $f$'s single additional root must be real.

$77 * 91 = 7 * 11 * 7 * 13$, and $7*11*13=1001$ is a good number sense fact to know. It's interesting because $1001= 10^3+1$ and the 3 nearest primes to $10$ are $7,11,13$.

Video Solution


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See Also

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