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    The degree three polynomial f(x) with real coefficients and leading coefficient 1, has -3 and + 4i among its roots. Express f(x) as a product of linear and quadratic polynomials with real coefficients.

    a. f(x) = (x + 3)(x^2 + 16)
    b. f(x) = (x + 3)(x^2 + 8x + 16)
    c. f(x) = (x + 3)(x^2 - 8x + 16)
    d. f(x) = (x - 3)(x^2 + 16)

    Find the inverse of the function f(x) = x^(1/3) + 2.

    a. (x - 2)^3
    b. x^(1/3) + 2
    c. (y - 2)^3
    d. Doesn't exist

    From the information in the table providing values of f(x) and g(x) evaluate (f o g)^-1(2).

    x 1 2 3 4 5
    f(x) 3 4 5 1 2
    g(x) 5 4 2 3 1

    a. 1
    b. 2
    c. 4
    d. 5

    A bacteria culture started with a count of 720 at 8:00 A.M., and after t hours is expected to grow to f(t) = 720(3/2)^t. Estimate the number of bacteria in the culture at 11:00 A.M. the same day.

    a. 1620
    b. 2160
    c. 2430
    d. 2880

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