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  1. Carlos is always playing games with his graphing calculator, but now his calculator has contracted a virus. The , , and functions on his calculator are not working. He needs to solve x3 + 5x2 – 16x – 14 = 0, so he graphs y = x3 + 5x2 – 16x – 14 and sees the graph below in the standard window. Homework Help ✎

    1. From the graph, what number appears to be an integer solution to the equation?

    2. Verify that your answer to part (a) is a solution.

    3. Since you know a solution to the equation, what is the factor associated with this solution?

    4. Use polynomial division to determine the other factor.

    5. Use your new factor to complete the following equation.

      x3 + 5x2 – 16x – 14 = 0
      (x + 7)(other factor) = 0

    6. The “other factor” leads to two other solutions to the equation. What are the two other solutions? State all three solutions to the original equation.

x = −7

Substitute your answer from part (a) into the original equation.

(x + 7)

Divide x3 + 5x2 − 16x − 14 by (x + 7) using an area model.

x2 − 2x − 2

(x + 7)(x2 − 2x − 2) = 0

Use the Quadratic Formula on the "other factor".