# Mathematics Questions and Answers – Geometrical Meaning of Zeros of Polynomial

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This set of Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions for Schools focuses on “Geometrical Meaning of Zeros of Polynomial”.

1. The graph of the polynomial 4x2-8x+3 cuts the x-axis at ________ and ________ points.
a) ($$\frac {3}{4}$$, 0), ($$\frac {1}{2}$$, 0)
b) ($$\frac {3}{2}$$, 0), ($$\frac {1}{2}$$, 0)
c) ($$\frac {3}{2}$$, 0), ($$\frac {1}{6}$$, 0)
d) ($$\frac {7}{2}$$, 0), ($$\frac {3}{2}$$, 0)

Explanation: The graph of the polynomial cuts the x-axis. Only the zeros of the polynomial cut the x-axis.
4x2-8x+3=0
4x2-6x-2x+3=0
2x(2x-3)-1(2x-3)=0
(2x-3)(2x-1)=0
x=$$\frac {3}{2}, \frac {1}{2}$$
Hence, the graph of the polynomial cuts the x-axis at ($$\frac {3}{2}$$, 0) and ($$\frac {1}{2}$$, 0).

2. The graph of the polynomial 2x2-8x+5 cuts the y-axis at __________
a) (6, 0)
b) (0, 7)
c) (0, 5)
d) (8, 9)

Explanation: The graph of the polynomial 2x2-8x+5 cuts the y-axis.
Hence, the value of x will be 0.
y(0)=2(0)2-8(0)+5
y=5
The graph cuts the y-axis at (0,5)

3. How many points will the graph of x2+2x+1 will cut the x-axis?
a) 3
b) 1
c) 2
d) 0

Explanation: The graph of x2+2x+1 does not cut the x-axis, because it has imaginary roots.
x2+2x+1=0
x2+x+x+1=0
x(x+1)+(x+1)=0
(x+1)(x+1)=0
x=-1, -1

4. The graph of the quadratic polynomial -x2+x+90 will open upwards.
a) False
b) True

Explanation: The graph of the polynomial will have a downward opening since, a<0
The graph for the same can be observed here, 5. If the graph of a polynomial cuts the x-axis at 3 points, then the polynomial is ______
a) Linear
c) Cubic

Explanation: Since, the graph of the polynomial cuts the x-axis at 3 points, hence, it will be a cubic polynomial. A polynomial is said to be linear, quadratic, cubic or biquadratic according to the degree of the polynomial.

6. What will be the nature of the zeros of a quadratic polynomial if it cuts the x-axis at two different points?
a) Real
b) Distinct
c) Real, Distinct
d) Complex

Explanation: The zeros of the quadratic polynomial cut the x-axis at two different points.
∴ b2 – 4ac ≥ 0
Hence, the nature of the zeros will be real and distinct.

7. The graph of a quadratic polynomial cuts the x-axis at only one point. Hence, the zeros of the quadratic polynomial are equal and real.
a) True
b) False

Explanation: If the graph meets x-axis at one point only, then the quadratic polynomial has coincident zeros. Also, the discriminant of the quadratic polynomial is zero, therefore roots will be real.

8. A real number is called zeros of the polynomial p(x) if _________
a) p(α)=4
b) p(α)=1
c) p(α)≠0
d) p(α)=0

Explanation: A number is called zero of polynomial when it satisfies the equation of the polynomial.

9. If a < 0, then the graph of ax2+bx+c, has a downward opening.
a) True
b) False

Explanation: The leading coefficient of the polynomial is less than zero, hence, it has downward opening. For example, the graph of -x2 is 10. A polynomial is said to be linear, quadratic, cubic or biquadratic according to the degree of the polynomial.
a) False
b) True

Explanation: The degree of the polynomial is the highest of the degree of the polynomial. Hence, a polynomial with highest degree one is linear, two as quadratic and so on.

11. Which of the following is a polynomial?
a) x2+2x+5
b) √x+2x+4
c) x$$\frac {2}{3}$$+10x
d) 5x+$$\frac {5}{x}$$

Explanation: An expression in the form of (x)=a0+a1x+a2x2+…+anxn, where an≠0, is called a polynomial where a1, a2 … an are real numbers and each power of x is a non-negative integer.
In case of √x+2x+4 , the power of √x is not an integer. Similarly for x$$\frac {2}{3}$$+10x, $$\frac {2}{3}$$ is a fraction.
Now, 5x+$$\frac {5}{x}$$ in this case the power of x is a negative integer. Hence it is not a polynomial.

12. The biquadratic polynomial from the following is ______
a) (x2+3)(x2-3)
b) x2-7
c) x7+x6+x5
d) 5x-3

Explanation: A biquadratic polynomial has highest power 4.
Hence, the polynomial with the highest power as 4 is x4-9 or (x2+3)(x2-3).

13. Which of the following is not a polynomial?
a) x2+5x+10
b) √x+2x+4
c) x10+10x
d) 5x+4

Explanation: An expression in the form of (x)=a0+a1x+a2x2+…+anxn, where an≠0, is called a polynomial where a1, a2 … an are real numbers and each power of x is a non-negative integer.
In case of √x+2x+4, the power of x is not an integer.
Therefore it is not a polynomial.

14. If the zeros of a polynomial are 3 and -5, then they cut the x-axis at ____ and _____ points.
a) (8, 0) and (-4, 0)
b) (3, -3) and (-5, 5)
c) (-3, 0) and (5, 0)
d) (3, 0) and (-5, 0)

Explanation: Since, the zeros of the polynomial are 3 and -5.
Therefore, x = 3 and x = -5 and they cut the x-axis so the y-coordinate will be zero.
Hence, the points it cuts the x-axis will be (3, 0) and (-5, 0).

15. If the graph of the quadratic polynomial is completely above or below the x-axis, then the nature of roots of the polynomial is _____
a) Real and Distinct
b) Distinct
c) Real
d) Complex 