Posted by Erin on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 10:55pm.
17Identify the vertex, axis of symmetry and xintercept(s) of F(x)=(x+5)^26. I have no idea how the x intercepts are 5 +/ sq. root 6 and 0. can you show me how this came to be? I factored it so it would be x^2+10x+19, but there's no common factors in ten and 19. Can you show me, please?

Algebra  Reiny, Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 11:07pm
for the xintercepts, F(x) = 0. (the y = 0)
so (x+5)^26 = 0
(x+5)^2 = 6
x+5 = ± √6
x = 5 ± √6
You expanded the function, you did not factor it.
Once you get x^2 + 10x + 19 = 0,
if you use the formula and simplify the answer, it comes out the same as my answer.
I have no idea where you got the 0, a parabola can have at most 2 xintercepts.
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