Hello, ive got some trouble calculating this problem. Ive been looking at it for quite some time. I suspect you first need to differentiate to get the minimum value and then make it back to p. Time is ticking away, and i can just cant get it right. Its 2 questions out of some Dutch mathbook from 2007. It has a lot of Maple in it too. Just so to get a broad a view on maple as possible. I must say these maplebooks have quite the repertoirs. The other book "Advanced Problem Solving Using Maple" book turns you into some British chap. And this book:"toegepaste Wiskunde voor het hoger beroepsonderwijs deel 1"(translated applied math for higher job education part 1), turns you into the odd obnoxious Dutch mathematician... Well what can i say??
Here are the questions:
For which values of p does the graph of the function: y=f(x)=(p*x^2)+3*p*x+1 have one intersection with the x-axis? When does it have two intersections with the x-axis? When does it have no intersections with the x-axis.
Given functions are: y=f(x)=(x^2)-6x+p+3, and y=g(x)=(4x^2)-(p-8)x+7. When do these functions have the same minimum value. Calculate p and the minimum value.