Problem #1307


The sum of the zeros, the product of the zeros, and the sum of the coefficients of the function $f(x)=ax^{2}+bx+c$ are equal. Their common value must also be which of the following?

$\textrm{(A)}\ \textrm{the\ coefficient\ of\ }x^{2}~~~ \textrm{(B)}\ \textrm{the\ coefficient\ of\ }x$ $\textrm{(C)}\ \textrm{the\ y-intercept\ of\ the\ graph\ of\ }y=f(x)$ $\textrm{(D)}\ \textrm{one\ of\ the\ x-intercepts\ of\ the\ graph\ of\ }y=f(x)$ $\textrm{(E)}\ \textrm{the\ mean\ of\ the\ x-intercepts\ of\ the\ graph\ of\ }y=f(x)$

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Instructions for entering answers:

  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
  • If the problem is multiple choice, enter the appropriate (capital) letter.
  • Enter points with parentheses, like so: (4,5)
  • Complex numbers should be entered in rectangular form unless otherwise specified, like so: 3+4i. If there is no real component, enter only the imaginary component (i.e. 2i, NOT 0+2i).

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