Problem #906


The polynomial $P(x)=x^3+ax^2+bx+c$ has the property that the mean of its zeros, the product of its zeros, and the sum of its coefficients are all equal. If the $y$-intercept of the graph of $y=P(x)$ is 2, what is $b$?

$\text{(A) }-11 \qquad \text{(B) }-10 \qquad \text{(C) }-9 \qquad \text{(D) }1 \qquad \text{(E) }5$

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  • 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.
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