# A Cubic Function and a Straight Line with One-variable Calculus

• seniorhs9
In summary, the conversation is about a question posted in a homework forum that was not answered, so the person turned to a more analytical and rigorous forum for help. They discuss part iv) of the question and someone provides a solution by expanding the right-hand side of the equation and equating coefficients. The person asking the question had initially thought there was a more complicated solution, but the answer turned out to be simpler.

#### seniorhs9

Hi. I posted this in the Homework question but after 152 views with no right answer, my question looks analytical and rigorous enough to be posted here.

Thank you...

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Attempt at a solution

In the given fact, I think $x^3 - x - m(x - a)$ distance from the cubic function to the line. So for every point in $(b, c)$, this would be negative.

I'm really not sure how to show $c = -2b$ so I just tried to play with some algebra...

At x = b... $b^3 - b - m(b - a) = 0$

At x = c... $c^3 - c - m(c - a) = 0$

So they're both equal to 0...

$b^3 - b - m(b - a) = c^3 - c - m(c - a)$

so $b^3 - b - mb = c^3 - c - mc$

so by part i) $b^3 - b - b(3b^2 - 1) = c^3 - c - c(3b^2 - 1)$

so $b^3 - b - 3b^3 + b = c^3 - c - 3b^2c + c$

so $-2b^3 = c^3 - 3b^2c$

so $b^2(3c - 2b) = c^3$

but this doesn't look useful...

Thank you.

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FOR PART 4:
You just expand RHS of give eq. in and equate coefficients of x^2 on both sides and you'll get it.