2011 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 19
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Problem
What is the product of all the roots of the equation
Solution 1
First, square both sides, and isolate the absolute value. Solve for the absolute value and factor.
However, this is not the final answer. Plug it back into the original equation to ensure it still works. Whether the number is positive or negative does not matter since the absolute value or square will cancel it out anyways. The roots of this equation are and and product is
Solution 2
Square both sides, to get . Rearrange to get . Seeing that , substitute to get . We see that this is a quadratic in |x|. Factoring, we get , so . Since the radicand of the equation can't be negative, the sole solution is . Therefore, the x can be or . The product is then .
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