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## 10 Sample **CLEP College Algebra** Math Practice Questions

1- If \(2x+2y=2, 3x-y=7\), which of the following ordered pairs \((x,y)\) satisfies both equations?

☐A. \((1,3)\)

☐B. \((2,4)\)

☐C. \((2,-1)\)

☐D. \((4,-6)\)

☐E. \((1,-6)\)

2- If \(f(x)=3x+4(x+1)+2\) then \(f(4x)=\)?

☐A. \( 28x+6\)

☐B. \( 16x-6\)

☐C. \( 25x+4\)

☐D. \( 12x+3\)

☐E. \( 12x-3\)

3- A line in the \(xy\)-plane passes through origin and has a slope of \(\frac{1}{3}\). Which of the following points lies on the line?

☐A. \((2,1)\)

☐B. \((4,1)\)

☐C. \((9,3)\)

☐D. \((6,3)\)

☐E. \((1,3)\)

4- Which of the following is equivalent to \(3𝑛^2+2𝑛+6−2𝑛^2−4\)?

☐A. \( n+4n^2\)

☐B. \( n^2-3\)

☐C. \( n^2+2n+10\)

☐D. \( n+2\)

☐E. \( n-2\)

5- Solve for \(x: 4(x+1)=6(x-4)+20\)

☐A. 12

☐B. 6.5

☐C. 4

☐D. 2

☐E. 0

6- If \(𝑥≠−4\) and \(𝑥≠5\), which of the following is equivalent to \(\frac{1}{\frac{1}{𝑥−5}+\frac{1}{𝑥+4}}\)?

☐A. \(\frac{(x-5)(x+4)}{(x-5)+(x+4)}\)

☐B. \(\frac{(x+4)+(x-5)}{(x+4)(x-5)}\)

☐C. \(\frac{(x+4)(x-5)}{(x+4)-(x+5)}\)

☐D. \(\frac{(x+4)+(x-5)}{(x+4)-(x-5)}\)

☐E. \(\frac{(x-4)+(x-5)}{(x+4)-(x-5)}\)

7- \(y < c-x , y > x+b\)

In the \(xy\)-plane, consider (0,0) is a solution to the system of inequalities above, which of the following relationships between c and b must be true?

☐A. \( c < b\)

☐B. \( c>b\)

☐C. \( c=b\)

☐D. \(c= b+ c\)

☐E. \( c= b-x\)

8- What is the value of \(x\) in the following equation? \(3x+10=46\)

☐A. 4

☐B. 7

☐C. 10

☐D. 12

☐E. 16

9- Calculate \(𝑓(5)\) for the following function \(𝑓\).

\(𝑓(𝑥)=𝑥^2−3𝑥\)

☐A. 5

☐B. 10

☐C. 15

☐D. 20

☐E. 25

10- John buys a pepper plant that is 5 inches tall. With regular watering the plant grows 3 inches a year. Writing John’s plant’s height as a function of time, what does the \(𝑦\)−intercept represent?

☐A. The \(𝑦\)-intercept represents the rate of grows of the plant which is 5 inches

☐B. The \(𝑦\)-intercept represents the starting height of 5 inches

☐C. The \(𝑦\)-intercept represents the rate of growth of plant which is 3 inches per year

☐D. The \(𝑦\)-intercept is always zero

☐E. There is no \(𝑦\)-intercept

11- If \(\frac{4}{x}=\frac{12}{x-8}\) what is the value of \(\frac{x}{2}\)?

☐A. 1

☐B. 3

☐C. \(-2\)

☐D. 2

☐E. 0

12- Which of the following is an equation of a circle in the \(xy\)-plane with center \((-1,2) \) and a radius with endpoint \((2,6)\)?

☐A. \( (x+1)^2+(y-2)^2=5\)

☐B. \( 2x^2+(y+2)^2=25\)

☐C. \( (x-1)^2+(y-2)^2=5\)

☐D. \((x+1)^2+(y-2)^2=25\)

☐E. \( (x+1)^2+(y-2)^2=125\)

13- Given a right triangle \(∆\)ABC whose \(∠B=90^\circ\),sin C\(=\frac{8}{17}\), find cos A?

☐A. 1

☐B. \(\frac{8}{15}\)

☐C. \(\frac{8}{17}\)

☐D. \(\frac{15}{17}\)

☐E. \(\frac{1}{8}\)

14- The circle graph below shows all Mr. Green’s expenses for last month. If he spent $660 on his car, how much did he spend for his rent?

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☐A. $700

☐B. $740

☐C. $810

☐D. $910

☐E. $960

15- The Jackson Library is ordering some bookshelves. If \(x\) is the number of bookshelves the library wants to order, which each costs $200 and there is a one-time delivery charge of $600, which of the following represents the total cost, in dollar, per bookshelf?

☐A. \( \frac{200x+600}{x}\)

☐B. \( \frac{200x+600}{200}\)

☐C. \( 200+600x\)

☐D. \( 200x+600\)

☐E. \( 600x+600\)

16- A function \(g(3)=5\) and \(g(5)=4\). A function \(f(5)=2\) and \(f(4)=6\). What is the value of \(f(g(5))\)?

☐A. 5

☐B. 6

☐C. 7

☐D. 8

☐E. 10

17- What is the area of the following equilateral triangle if the side 𝐴𝐵 = 12 cm?

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☐A. \( 36\sqrt{3}\) cm\(^2\)

☐B. \( 18\sqrt{3}\) cm\(^2\)

☐C. \( 6\sqrt{3}\) cm\(^2\)

☐D. 8 cm\(^2\)

☐E. 6 cm\(^2\)

18- If \(x∎y=\sqrt{x^2+y}\), what is the value of \(6∎28\)?

☐A. \(\sqrt{168}\)

☐B. 10

☐C. 8

☐D. 6

☐E. 4

19- \(x^2+y^2+8x-2y=1\)

The equation of a circle in the \(xy\)-plane is shown above. What is the radius of the circle?

☐A. 24

☐B. 18

☐C. \(\sqrt{18}\)

☐D. \(\sqrt{10}\)

☐E. \(\sqrt{8}\)

20- What is the value of \(y\) in the following system of equation?

\(3x-4y= -20\)

\(-x+2y= 10\)

☐A. \(-1\)

☐B. \(-2\)

☐C. 1

☐D. 4

☐E. 5

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## Answers:

1- **C**

Plugin the values of \(x\) and \(y\) provided in the choices into both equations. Let’s start with \(2x+2y=2\):

A.\((1,3) : 2x+2y=2→2+6≠2\)

B.\((2,4): 2x+y=2→4+8≠2\)

C.\((2,-1) :2x+2y=2→4+(-2)=2\)

D.\((4,-6): 2x+2y=2→12+(-12)≠2\)

E.\((1,-6): 2x+2y=2→2+(-12)≠2\)

Only choice C is correct.

2- **A**

If \(f(x)=3x+4(x+1)+2\), then find \(f(4x)\) by substituting \(4x\) for every \(x\) in the function. This gives: \(f(4x)=3 (4x)+ 4(4x+1)+2\)

It simplifies to: \(f(4x)=3 (4x)+4(4x+1)+2=12x+16x+4+2=28x+6\)

3-** C**

First, find the equation of the line. All lines through the origin are of the form \(y=mx\), so the equation is \(y=\frac{1}{3} x\). Of the given choices, only choice C (9,3), satisfies this equation:

\(y=\frac{1}{3} x→3=\frac{1}{3} (9)=3 \)

4- **C**

\((3n^2+2n+6)-(2n^2-4)\). Add like terms together: \(3n^2-2n^2=n^2, 2n\) doesn’t have like terms. \(6-(-4)=10\), Combine these terms into one expression to find the answer: \(n^2+2n+10\)

5- **C**

Simplify and solve for \(x\) in the equation. \(4(x+1)=6(x-4)+20, 4x+4= 6x-24+20, 4x+4=6x-4\). Subtract \(4x\) from both sides: \(4=2x-4\), Add 4 to both sides: \(8=2x, 4=x\)

6- **A**

To rewrite \(\frac{1}{\frac{1}{x-5}+\frac{1}{x+4}}\), first simplify \(\frac{1}{x-5}+\frac{1}{x+4}\).

\(\frac{1}{x-5}+\frac{1}{x+4}=\frac{1(x+4)}{(x-5)(x+4)}+\frac{1(x-5)}{(x+4)(x-5)}=\frac{(x+4)+(x-5)}{(x+4)(x-5)}\)

Then: \(\frac{1}{\frac{1}{x-5}+\frac{1}{x+4}}=\frac{1}{\frac{(x+4)+(x-5)}{(x+4)(x-5)}}=\frac{(x-5)(x+4)}{(x-5)+(x+4)}\). (Remember, \(\frac{1}{\frac{1}{x}}=x)\)

This result is equivalent to the expression in choice A.

7- **B**

Since (0,0) is a solution to the system of inequalities, substituting 0 for \(x\) and 0 for \(y\) in the given system must result in two true inequalities. After this substitution, \(y< c – x\) becomes \(0x+b\) becomes \(0>b\). Hence, a is positive and b is negative.

Therefore, \(c>b\).

8- **D**

\(3x+10=46→3x=46-10=36→x=\frac{36}{3}=12 \)

9- **B**

The input value is 5. Then: \(x=5. f(x)=x^2-3x→ f(5)=5^2-3(5)=25-15=10 \)

10- **B**

To solve this problem, first recall the equation of a line: \(y=mx+b\)

Where \(m=\)slope. \(y=y\)-intercept

Remember that slope is the rate of change that occurs in a function and that the y-intercept is the \(y\) value corresponding to \(x=0\).

Since the height of John’s plant is 5 inches tall when he gets it. Time (or \(x\)) is zero. The plant grows 3 inches per year. Therefore, the rate of change of the plant’s height is 3. The y-intercept represents the starting height of the plant which is 5 inches.

11- **C**

Multiplying each side of \(\frac{4}{x}=\frac{12}{x-8}\) by \(x(x-8)\) gives \(4(x-8)=12(x)\), distributing the 4 over the values within the parentheses yields \(x-8=3x\) or \(x=-4\).

Therefore, the value of \(\frac{x}{2}=\frac{-4}{2}=-2\).

12- **D**

The equation of a circle can be written as \((x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=r^2\)

where (h,k) are the coordinates of the center of the circle and r is the radius of the circle. Since the coordinates of the center of the circle are \((-1,2)\), the equation is

\((x+1)^2+(y-2)^2=r^2\), where r is the radius. The radius of the circle is the distance from the center \((-1,2)\), to the given endpoint of a radius, (2,6). By the distance formula,

\(r^2=(2-(-1))^2+(6-2)^2=(3)^2+(4)^2=9+16=25\)

Therefore, an equation of the given circle is \((x+1)^2+(y-2)^2=25\)

13- **C**

To solve for cosA first identify what is known. The question states that \(∆\)ABC is a right triangle whose \(∠B=90^\circ\) and sinC\(=\frac{8}{17}\).

It is important to recall that any triangle has a sum of interior angles that equals 180 degrees. Therefore, to calculate cosA use the complimentary angles identify of trigonometric function. cos A=cos(90\(-\)C), Then: cosA=sinC

For complementary angles, sin of one angle is equal to cos of the other angle. cos A\(=\frac{2}{3}\)

14- **C**

Let \(x\) be all expenses, then \(\frac{22}{100} x=$660 →x=\frac{100×$660}{22}=$3,000\)

Mr. Jones spent for his rent: \(\frac{ 27}{100}×$3,000=$810\)

15- **A**

The amount of money for \(x\) bookshelf is: \(200x\), Then, the total cost of all bookshelves is equal to: \(200x+600\), The total cost, in dollar, per bookshelf is: \(\frac{Total \ cost}{number \ of \ items}=\frac{200x+600}{x}\)

16- **B**

It is given that g(5)=4. Therefore, to find the value of f(g(5)), then f(g(5))=f(4)=6

17- **A**

Area of the triangle is: \(\frac{1}{2}\) AD\(×\)BC and AD is perpendicular to BC. Triangle ADC is a

(\30^\circ-60^\circ- 90^\circ\) right triangle. The relationship among all sides of right triangle \(30^\circ-60^\circ- 90^\circ\) is provided in the following triangle: In this triangle, the opposite side of \(30^\circ\) angle is half of the hypotenuse. And the opposite side of \(60^\circ\) is opposite of \(30^\circ×\sqrt{3}\)

CD=6, then AD\(=6×\sqrt{3}\)

Area of the triangle ABC is: \(\frac{1}{2}\) AD\(×\)BC \(= \frac{1}{2} 6\sqrt{3}×12=36\sqrt{3}\)

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18- **C**

\(6∎28=\sqrt{6^2+28}= \sqrt{36+28}=\sqrt{64}=8\)

19- **C**

The equation of a circle with center (h,k) and radius r is \((x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=r^2\). To put the equation \(x^2+y^2+8x-2y=1\) in this form, complete the square as follows:

\(x^2+y^2+8x-2y=1, (x^2+8x)+(y^2-2y)=1\)

\((x^2+8x+16)-16+(y^2-2y+1)-1=1, (x+4)^2+(y-1)^2=18\)

\((x+4)^2+(y-1)^2=(\sqrt{18})^ 2\)

Therefore, the radius of the circle is \(\sqrt{18}\).

20- **E**

Solve the system of equations by elimination method.

\(\cfrac{\begin{align} 3 x – 4 y = – 20 \\ – x + 2 y = 10 \end{align}}{} \)

Multiply the second equation by 3, then add it to the first equation.

\(\cfrac{\begin{align} 3 x – 4 y = – 20 \\ 3(- x + 2 y = 10) \end{align}}{} ⇒\)

\(\cfrac{\begin{align} 3 x – 4 y = – 20 \\ -3 x + 6 y = 30) \end{align}}{} ⇒\)add the equations \(2𝑦=10⇒𝑦=5\)

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