## connection between roots of polynomials of degree n

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The two polynomial eqns have the same coefficients, if switched order:
a_0 x_n+ a_1 x_n-1 + a_2 x_n-2 + … + a_n-2 x_2 + a_n-1 x + a_n = 0 …….(1)
a_n x_n+ a_n-1 x_n-1 + a_n-2 x_n-2 + … + a_2 x_2 + a_1 x + a_0 = 0 …….(2)
what is the connection between the roots of the eqns?

2. The attempt at a solution

i don't know how to do this at all!
i thought maybe divide through by the first terms coeff... but that doesn't seem to help. maybe there is some kowledge i'm missing. something about how to work out the roots?
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 what if $n=1$, what's the relation between the roots? Then try $n=2$.
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## connection between roots of polynomials of degree n

algebrat:
at n=1 it is just the reciprocal
at n =2 it's: x_1 = (a_1 +- sqrt(a_1^2 -4a_2a_0))/2a_0
and x_2 = (a_1 +- sqrt(a_1^2 -4a_2a_0))/2a_2
so everything above the line is he same, just the a_0 and a_2 change
i'll find a formula for n =3 and try that...

dick: i tried this, but don't see where it leads,
a_0 + a_1/x + a_2/x^2 + a_3/x^3 +...+ a_n/x^n
and
a_n + a_n-1/x + a_n-2/x^2 + a_n-3/x^3 + ...+a_0/x^n

 Quote by jaci55555 a_0 + a_1/x + a_2/x^2 + a_3/x^3 +...+ a_n/x^n and a_n + a_n-1/x + a_n-2/x^2 + a_n-3/x^3 + ...+a_0/x^n
So here you have

$f(x) = a_n + \frac{a_{n-1}}{x} + \frac{a_{n-2}}{x^2} + .....+\frac{a_0}{x^n}$

Make this a function of a new variable $t=1/x$

Can you relate this function to the first one? then find how roots depend on each other?

 Quote by Infinitum Can you relate this function to the first one? then find how roots depend on each other?
:) you rock my world! are you really still in high school?

 Quote by jaci55555 :) you rock my world! are you really still in high school?
Yep, I'm still learning the ropes. Two more years to go further!