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6 December

\(p(x)\) is a quadratic with real coefficients. For all real numbers \(x\),
$$x^2+4x+14\leq p(x)\leq 2x^2+8x+18$$
\(p(2)=34\). What is \(p(6)\)?

Between quadratics

Source: Luciano Rila (@DrTrapezio)
\(p(x)\) is a quadratic polynomial with real coefficients. For all real numbers \(x\),
$$x^2-2x+2\leq p(x)\leq 2x^2-4x+3$$
\(p(11)=181\). Find \(p(16)\).

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On a graph of \(y=x^2\), two lines are drawn at \(x=a\) and \(x=-b\) (for \(a,b>0\). The points where these lines intersect the parabola are connected.
What is the y-coordinate of the point where this line intersects the y-axis?

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