2013 A-level H2 Mathematics (9740) Paper 1 Question 2 Suggested Solutions

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y= \frac{x^{2}+x+1}{x-1}
y(x-1) = x^{2}+x+1
0 = x^{2}+x-xy+y+1
For x\in \mathbb{R}, y exists only when b^{2}-4ac \ge 0

(1-y)^{2}-4(1)(1+y) \ge 0

1-2y+y^{2}-4-4y \ge 0

y^{2}-6y-3 \ge 0

y \le 3-2\sqrt{3}~\mathrm{or}~y \ge 3+2\sqrt{3}

\therefore \{ y: y \in \mathbb{R}, y \le 3 - 2\sqrt{3} \text{~or~} y \ge 3 + 2 \sqrt{3}\}

KS Comments:

When I first saw this, I was really surprised as O’levels had something really similar. The above method is the most direct, yes, 5 marks for that. Students can also go and find the turning point (and justify they are maximum or minimum) to decide the range.

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