2018 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 5

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Problem

What is the sum of all possible values of $k$ for which the polynomials $x^2 - 3x + 2$ and $x^2 - 5x + k$ have a root in common?

$\textbf{(A) }3 \qquad\textbf{(B) }4 \qquad\textbf{(C) }5 \qquad\textbf{(D) }6 \qquad\textbf{(E) }10 \qquad$

Solution

We factor $x^2-3x+2$ into $(x-1)(x-2)$. Thus, either $1$ or $2$ is a root of $x^2-5x+k$. If $1$ is a root, then $1^2-5\cdot1+k=0$, so $k=4$. If $2$ is a root, then $2^2-5\cdot2+k=0$, so $k=6$. The sum of all possible values of $k$ is $\boxed{\textbf{(E)}10}$.

See Also

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