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Section 1
Assignment 1
This assignment will give you an opportunity to test your knowledge and understanding of the topics in Section 1.
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The assignment uses exam-type questions and will test your understanding of the concepts you have explored in the topics listed above. These address the following elements in the specification: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8
5.1, 5.3, 5.5
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Answer as many questions as you can. It is always important to show your working in your responses.
Guide time
The guide time for this assignment is 1 hour 30 minutes. This is the sort of time you would be expected to spend on these questions in an exam situation. At this stage of your studies do not worry if you spend more time than this.
1 Express each of the following in the form 3x
(a) 27 (1)
3 3

2 The triangle ABC has sides AB = 9 cm and BC = 10 cm.
The angle BAC = 40°. (2)
Find the value of the angle BCA, correct to 1 decimal place.
3 A line l passes through the points A(2,3) and B(5,–1) (4)
(a) Find the gradient of the line l (2)
(b) Find the equation of l in the form ax + by + c = 0
4 f (x) = 4x3 – 4x2 – 11x + 6 (3)
(a) Show that (x – 2) is a factor of f(x)
(b) Find the values of the constants a, b and c such that (2)
f(x) = (x – 2)(ax2 + bx + c) (2)
(c) Express f(x) as the product of three linear factors. (2)
5 The graph of f(x) = (x + a)2 + b has a minimum point at P(3, –2).
(a) State the values of a and of b. (2)
(b) Find the value of y where the graph of y = f (x) crosses
the y-axis. (1)
(c) Find the values of x at which the graph of y = f (x)
crosses the x-axis, giving your answers in exact form. (2)
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(d) Sketch the graph of y = f(x), showing clearly the axis of
symmetry and stating its equation. (3)
6 Find the value(s) of the constant a in each of the following cases
(a) The equation 3x2 – 2ax + 12 = 0 has repeated roots (3)
(b) The polynomial x3 – 5x2 + ax – 2 has (x + 2) as a factor. (3)
7 Simplify
(a) (3 2) (1) 2
(b) (4x-5/2 )2 (3)
11 5 + where
(c) giving your answer in the form a b c
3 5 2 3-
a and c are integers and b is rational. (4)
8 The figure below shows an equilateral triangle ABC with a square BCDE drawn with BC as base:
9 f(x) = (x – 1)2(x – 2)(x + 3)
(a) Calculate the value of y at the point where the graph of
y = f (x) crosses the y-axis (1)
(b) Sketch the curve of y = f (x), showing clearly the points at which the curve touches or crosses the x-axis. (4)
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10 (a) Express (i) 4 and (ii) 16 in the form 2x (1)
(b) Hence solve the equation 2(4x+1) = 16x – 2 (4)
11 On separate diagrams and for values of x such that 0!x!360°, sketch the graphs of
(a) y = sin x (1)
(b) y = sin (x + 60°), giving the coordinates of the points where
the graph crosses the x-axis (3)
(c) y = 1 + sin 2x, giving the coordinates of its maximum points (4)
12 The figure below shows the points A(–2, –3), B(4, 2) and C(9, p) with angle ABC = 90°
(a) Find the equation of the line l1 passing through the points A
and B. (2)
(b) Find the equation of the line l2 passing through B and
perpendicular to AB. (3)
(c) Given that the point C(9, p) lies on l2, find the value of p. (3)
(d) D is the point such that ABCD is a square. Find the
coordinates of D. (3)
Total marks for Assignment 1 = 75
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