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#### Pranav

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- Nov 4, 2013

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**Problem:**

If the curve $y=ax^2+2bx+c$, ($a,b,c \,\in\,\mathbb{R},\,a,b,c \neq 0$) never meet the x-axis, then a,b,c can't be in

A)Arithmetic Progression

B)Geometric Progression

C)Harmonic Progression

D)All of these

**Attempt:**

Since, the curve never meets the x-axis, we have the condition that the discriminant of the quadratic is less than zero, hence,

$$b^2<ac$$

The above shows that a,b,c can't be in geometric progression. But the given answers are A and B, how do I show that they are not in arithmetic progression?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!