Problem #2048


The graph below shows a portion of the curve defined by the quartic polynomial $P(x) = x^4 + ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d$. Which of the following is the smallest?

$\textbf{(A)}\ P(-1)\\ \textbf{(B)}\ \text{The\ product\ of\ the\ zeros\ of\ } P\\ \textbf{(C)}\ \text{The\ product\ of\ the\ non-real\ zeros\ of\ } P \\ \textbf{(D)}\ \text{The\ sum\ of\ the\ coefficients\ of\ } P \\ \textbf{(E)}\ \text{The\ sum\ of\ the\ real\ zeros\ of\ } P$

2000 12 AMC-22.png

This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.

Note: you aren't logged in. If you log in, we'll keep a record of which problems you've solved.

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).

For questions or comments, please email