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Homework Help: Quadratic equation, A.P. and G.P. related problem problem

  1. Aug 20, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    if ax2+2bx+c=0 and a1x2+2b1x+c1 have a common root and
    a/a1 ,b/b1 ,c/c1 are in A.P.

    show that a1,b1,c1 are in G.P.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know the mean formula of A.P. i.e. the middle term is the mean of the other two.

    any hints of which formula of G.P. to use and how to solve???
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  3. Aug 20, 2011 #2


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    You realise that fro an AP, where each term is obtained by adding a fixed amount, you add the 1st and 3rd and divide by 2 to get the 2nd or middle.
    In a GP where terms are obtained by multiplying by a fixed amount, you can multiply the 1st an 3rd then take the second root to get the 2nd or middle term. [second root = square root]
  4. Aug 20, 2011 #3
    thank you i got the answer.

    let the AP be
    (A-D) , (A), (A+D)

    one root is common so
    putting these values in the formula
    (c1a2-c2a1)2 = (a1b2-a2b1)(b1c2-b2c1)

    we get the required proof.

    thank you very much:smile:
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