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Find the Zeros of the following functions

f(x) = x/3 +5

^ That one is layed out so differently I don't understand how to solve.

In each of the following, determine the zeros of the function and determine the y-intercept of the graph of the function.

f(x) = 5x^2 - 35x

f(x) = 3x(x^2-49)

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    It's not so different. It just has a fraction. You can always use y instead of f(x)

    y = x/3 + 5

    To solve, set y=0 and solve for x

    0 = x/3 + 5
    x/3 = -5
    x = -3/5
    ___________________

    The y-intercept is always easy. Just plug in x=0 and evaluate y

    y = 5x^2 - 35x
    y(0) = 0 so the y-intercept is (0,0)

    5x^2 - 35x
    = 5x(x-7)

    so, y=0 when
    5x(x-7) = 0
    x=0 or x=7
    The x-intercepts are (0,0) and (7,0)

    Note that (0,0) is both an x-intercept and a y-intercept.
    _______________________

    y = 3x(x^2 - 49)

    Think back to your factoring exercises, and recall the difference of two squares:

    (a+b)(a-b) = a^2 - b^2

    y = 3x(x+7)(x-7)

    So, the y-intercept is (0,0)
    x-intercepts are (0,0) (7,0) and (-7,0)

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