Find k, so that x2 + 2x + k is a factor of


Find k, so that x2 + 2x + k is a factor of 2x4 + x3 – 14x2 + 5x + 6. Also, find all the zeroes of the two polynomials.


Given that, x2 + 2x+ k is a factor of 2x4 + x3 -14x2 + 5x+ 6, then we apply division algorithm,

Since, $\left(x^{2}+2 x+k\right)$ is a factor of $2 x^{4}+x^{3}-14 x^{2}+5 x+6$

So, when we apply division algorithm remainder should be zero.

$\therefore \quad(7 k+21) x+\left(2 k^{2}+8 k+6\right)=0 \cdot x+0$

$\Rightarrow \quad 7 k+21=0$ and $2 k^{2}+8 k+6=0$

$\Rightarrow \quad k=-3$ or $k^{2}+4 k+3=0$

$\Rightarrow \quad k^{2}+3 k+k+3=0 \quad$ [by splitting middle term]

$\Rightarrow \quad k(k+3)+1(k+3)=0$

$\Rightarrow \quad(k+1)(k+3)=0$

$\Rightarrow \quad k=-1$ or $-3$

Here, if we take $k=-3$, then remainder will be zero.


Thus, the required value of $k$ is $-3$.



Dividend $=$ Divisor $\times$ Quotient $+$ Remainder

$\Rightarrow \quad 2 x^{4}+x^{3}-14 x^{2}+5 x+16=\left(x^{2}+2 x-3\right)\left(2 x^{2}-3 x-2\right)$

Using factorisation method,

$=\left(x^{2}+3 x-x-3\right)\left(2 x^{2}-4 x+x-2\right)$ [by splitting middle term]

$=\{x(x+3)-1(x+3)\}\{2 x(x-2)+1(x-2)\}$


$=(x-1)(x+3)(x-2)(2 x+1)$

Hence, the zeroes of $x^{2}+2 x-3$ are $1,-3$ and the zeroes of $2 x^{4}+x^{3}-14 x^{2}+5 x+6$

are $1,-3,2, \frac{-1}{2}$

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