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# If $a$ and $b$ are roots of $x^2-3x+p=0$ and $c$ and $d$ are roots of $x^2-12x+q=0$, where $a,b,c,d$ form a G.P. then prove that $(q+p):(q-p)=17:15$

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• $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are roots of the equation $ax^2+bx+c=0$ then $\alpha+\beta=-\large\frac{b}{a}$ and $\alpha.\beta=\large\frac{c}{a}$
Given that $a$ and $b$ are roots of $x^2-3x+p=0$
$\Rightarrow\:a+b=3$ and $ab=p$........(i)
It is given that $c$ and $d$ are roots of $x^2-12x+q=0$
$\Rightarrow\:c+d=12$ and $cd=q$........(ii)
Also given that $a,b,c,d$ are in G.P.
Let $a,b,c,d$ be the first four terms of a G.P.
$\Rightarrow\:$ $a=a,\:\:b=ar\:\:c=ar^2\:\:d=ar^3$
Step 2
$\therefore\:a+b=3,\:\:\Rightarrow\:a+ar=3$
$\Rightarrow\:a(1+r)=3$.........(iii)
$c+d=12$ $\Rightarrow\:ar^2+ar^3=12$
$\Rightarrow\:ar^2(1+r)=12$.....(iv)
From (iii) and (iv) we get
$3.r^2=12$
$\Rightarrow\:r^2=4$ or $r=\pm 2$