# Complex roots

the book asks to fnd the four roots of z to the fourth power + 4 = 0 and then use to demonstrate that z to the fourth power + 4 can be factored into two quadratics with real coefficinets. I am clueless on where to start. Please help.

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start by setting $$z^4=-4$$ and solve for z taking the square root function twice (saving both roots)

Ok so I did what you said and then did the quadratic formula so i have 4 roots but how do I form quadratic formulas?

so let a,b,c,d be your roots. the general form of your equation can be written as (z-a)(z-b)(z-c)(z-d)=0. From that you can pick any two, multiply out and you'll have a quadratic ie: $$(z^2-bz-az+ab)(z-c)(z-d)=0$$. Since your roots are complex and you need real coefficients you might have to try different combinations

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becka12 said:
Ok so I did what you said and then did the quadratic formula so i have 4 roots but how do I form quadratic formulas?
Let y= z2 so that you have a quadratic equation
y2+ 4= 0. What are the two solutions to that? Then, for each of the two values of y, set z2= y and take square roots.

Ok, I noticed something while playing with your equation, you can factor out z^4 + 4 = 0 into
(z^2 + 2i)(z^2 - 2i)
then
(z^2 + 2i) = (z + 1 - i)(z - 1 + i)
(z^2 - 2i) = (z + 1 + i)(z - 1 - i)

multiply
(z + 1 - i)(z + 1 + i) = z^2 + 2z + 2
(z - 1 + i)(z - 1 - i) = z^2 - 2z + 2