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#### Quadratic Equation : CAT 2016 Quant/Math Questions Answers

Question 4 the day : February 12, 2003
The question for the day is from the topic Quadratic Equations in Algebra.

Question
For what values of 'm' is y = 0, if y = x2 + (2m + 1)x + m2 - 1?   x is a real number.

(1) m -2
(2) m < 0
(3) m = 0
(4) m -1.25

Correct Answer is m -1.25 . Correct Choice is (4)

Explanatory Answer

When x is real, then the discriminant of a quadratic equation (ax2 + bx + c = 0) 0.
i.e. D = b2 - 4ac 0

In this case, (2m + 1)2 4(m2 - 1)
4m2 + 4m + 1 4(m2 - 1)
Solving for m, we get m - 1.25

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