CAT 2020 Slot 1 Question Paper

Question 54

The number of real-valued solutions of the equation $$2^{x}+2^{-x}=2-(x-2)^{2}$$ is:


The graphs of $$2^{x}+2^{-x} and 2-(x-2)^{2}$$ never intersect. So, number of solutions=0.

Alternate method:

We notice that the minimum value of the term in the LHS will be greater than or equal to 2 {at x=0; LHS = 2}. However, the term in the RHS is less than or equal to 2 {at x=2; RHS = 2}. The values of x at which both the sides become 2 are distinct; hence, there are zero real-valued solutions to the above equation.

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