# Problem #1097

 1097 For some real numbers $a$ and $b$, the equation $$8x^3 + 4ax^2 + 2bx + a = 0$$ has three distinct positive roots. If the sum of the base-$2$ logarithms of the roots is $5$, what is the value of $a$? $\mathrm{(A)}\ -256 \qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ -64 \qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ -8 \qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 64 \qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 256$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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