Hard discriminant question: values of k in (k+1)x^2-4kx+3k=0, number of solns

phillipa

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Hi, I have the following problem and have little idea how to go about doing it:

For which values of k does (k+1)x^2-4kx+3k=0 have:
(i) one solution?
(ii) two solutions?
(iii) three solutions?

I know I need to find the discriminant then sub in to find 1, 2 and no solutions (I think?). I know how to do simple versions of these, but this just confuses me.
Attached a photo of my attempt at the first step (finding the discriminant) before subbing in to find 1, 2 and no solutions.


Thank you for any help.
 

Subhotosh Khan

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Hi, I have the following problem and have little idea how to go about doing it:

For which values of k does (k+1)x^2-4kx+3k=0 have:
(i) one solution?
(ii) two solutions?
(iii) three solutions?

I know I need to find the discriminant then sub in to find 1, 2 and no solutions (I think?). I know how to do simple versions of these, but this just confuses me.
Attached a photo of my attempt at the first step (finding the discriminant) before subbing in to find 1, 2 and no solutions.


Thank you for any help.
If the equation was:

A * x^2 + B * x + C = 0 ..................(Where A, B & C are constant)

what would have been your discriminant?
 
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