If the sum of the zeros of the quadratic polynomial f(t)
Question:

If the sum of the zeros of the quadratic polynomial $l(t)=k t^{2}+2 t+3 k$ is equal to their product, find the value of $k$.

Solution:

Let $\alpha, \beta$ be the zeros of the polynomial $f(t)=k t^{2}+2 t+3 k$. Then,

$\alpha+\beta=\frac{-\text { Coefficient of } x}{\text { Coefficient of } x^{2}}$

$\alpha+\beta=\frac{-2}{k}$

$\alpha \beta=\frac{\text { Constant term }}{\text { Coefficient of } x^{2}}$

$\alpha \beta=\frac{3 k}{k}$

$\alpha \beta=3$

It is given that the sum of the zero of the quadratic polynomial is equal to their product then, we have

$\alpha+\beta=\alpha \beta$

$\frac{-2}{k}=3$

$-2=3 \times k$

$\frac{-2}{3}=k$

Hence, the value of $k$ is $\frac{-2}{3}$

 

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