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(a) Copy and complete the following table of values for the relation \(y = x^{2} - 2x - 5\)

x -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5
y     -2   -6 -2 3 10  

(b) Draw the graph of the relation \(y = x^{2} - 2x - 5\); using a scale of 2 cm to 1 unit on the x- axis, and 2 cm to 2 units on the y- axis.

(c) Using the same axes, draw the graph of \(y = 2x + 3\).

(d) Obtain in the form \(ax^{2} + bx + c = 0\) where a, b and c are integers, the equation which is satisfied by the x- coordinate of the points of intersection of the two graphs.

(e) From your graphs, determine the roots of the equation obtained in (d) above.


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(a) The mean of 1, 2, x, 11, y, 14, arranged in ascending order, is 8 and the median is 9. Find the values of x and y.


In the diagram, MN || PQ, |LM| = 3cm and |LP| = 4cm. If the area of \(\Delta\) LMN is 18\(cm^{2}\), find the area of the quadrilateral MPQN.

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(a) A surveyor walks 100m up a hill which slopes at an angle of 24° to the horizontal. Calculate, correct to the nearest metre, the height through which he rises.


In the diagram, ABC is an isosceles triangle. |AB| = |AC| = 5 cm, and |BC| = 8 cm. Calculate, correct to the nearest degree, < BAC.

(c) Two boats, 70 metres apart and on opposite sides of a light-house, are in a straight line with the light-house. The angles of elevation of the top of the light-house from the two boats are 71.6° and 45°. Find the height of the light-house. [Take \(\tan 71.6° = 3\)].

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(a) A cylindrical well of radius 1 metre is dug out to a depth of 8 metres. (i) calculate, in m\(^{3}\), the volume of soil dug out ; (ii) if the soil is used to raise the level of rectangular floor of a room 4m by 12m, calculate, correct to the nearest cm, the thickness of the new layer of soil. [Take \(\pi = \frac{22}{7}\)].


The diagram shows a quadrilateral ABCD in which < DAB is a right- angle. |AB| = 3.3 cm, |BC| = 3.9 cm, |CD| = 5.6 cm. (i) find the length of BD. (ii) show that < BCD = 90°.

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(a) The first term of an Arithmetic Progression (A.P) is 8. The ratio of the 7th term to the 9th term is 5 : 8. Calculate the common difference of the progression.

(b) A sphere of radius 2 cm is of mass 11.2g. Find (i) the volume of the sphere ; (ii) the density of the sphere ; (iii) the mass of a sphere of the same material but with radius 3cm. [Take \(\pi = \frac{22}{7}\)].

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