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We can now cross-multiply to get rid of the fractions, we get <math>(x-1)(x-6)=(x-k)(x-2)</math>. | We can now cross-multiply to get rid of the fractions, we get <math>(x-1)(x-6)=(x-k)(x-2)</math>. | ||
− | Simplifying that, we get <math>7x-6 = (k+2)x - 2k</math>. Clearly for <math>k= | + | Simplifying that, we get <math>7x-6 = (k+2)x - 2k</math>. Clearly for <math>k=5</math> we get the equation <math>-6=-10</math> which is never true. The answer is <math>\boxed{\mathrm{ (E)}\ 5}</math> |
For other <math>k</math>, one can solve for <math>x</math>: <math>x(5-k) = 6-2k</math>, hence <math>x=\frac {6-2k}{5-k}</math>. We can easily verify that for none of the other four possible values of <math>k</math> is this equal to <math>2</math> or <math>6</math>, hence there is a solution for <math>x</math> in each of the other cases. | For other <math>k</math>, one can solve for <math>x</math>: <math>x(5-k) = 6-2k</math>, hence <math>x=\frac {6-2k}{5-k}</math>. We can easily verify that for none of the other four possible values of <math>k</math> is this equal to <math>2</math> or <math>6</math>, hence there is a solution for <math>x</math> in each of the other cases. |
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Problem
For which of the following values of does the equation have no solution for ?
Solution
The domain over which we solve the equation is .
We can now cross-multiply to get rid of the fractions, we get .
Simplifying that, we get . Clearly for we get the equation which is never true. The answer is
For other , one can solve for : , hence . We can easily verify that for none of the other four possible values of is this equal to or , hence there is a solution for in each of the other cases.
See Also
2002 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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