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Determine Roots

  1. Sep 25, 2006 #1
    What are the ROots:


    ok the 13 really causes a problem because you can't factor that.
    So I move the right side to the left and then you can't find a number that fits so that it equals zero so I tried factoring it somehow but can't do it can someone help?
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  3. Sep 25, 2006 #2
    Well, if you look at the equation then you see that all the terms are positive. Thus, the graph of the function is a parabola which never touches the x-axis. Hence, there are no REAL roots and thus there are four complex roots.

    I have no idea how to find those 4 roots, though..
  4. Sep 25, 2006 #3


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    Try to find a solution to [itex](x^2+ax+13)(x^2+bx+1)[/itex]. I chose this form because it automatically fits the first and last terms of your polynomial [itex]x^4+4x^3+14x^2+4x+13[/itex].
  5. Sep 25, 2006 #4
    where did u pick up that equation from...
  6. Sep 25, 2006 #5
    Well, [itex]x^3[/itex] and [itex]x[/itex] are hardly positive when [itex]x<0[/itex]. But you are right, all the roots are complex here (the constant 13 is enough to keep it positive. However if the constant term were a small enough positive number [say, 0.1 instead of 13] you'd have real roots).
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  7. Sep 25, 2006 #6
    help me though :D
  8. Sep 25, 2006 #7
    I've already helped you in the identical thread in the homework help section :tongue2:
  9. Sep 25, 2006 #8
    THanks I got the answer my friend mr data. I'm so smart :)

    YOu caught me :D
  10. Sep 25, 2006 #9
    here is another pickle....

    Find Real ROots


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  11. Sep 25, 2006 #10


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    If you split the polynomial into [itex](ax^2+bx+c)(dx^2+ex+f)[/itex] and simlify, you'l have a simple system that will tell you what the coefficints need to be. In fact, you can see that a and d in this example are 1, since x^4 appears with coefficient 1. Then you have


    Set each coefficient equal to the known coefficients:


    and solve.
  12. Sep 25, 2006 #11


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    The x^2 coefficient is off.
  13. Sep 25, 2006 #12
    Would this trick always work for any 4th degree polynomial? 'Cause if it does then it would be extremely helpful, because I always cry like a baby whenever I am asked to find the roots of a 4th degree by hand...:cry:
  14. Sep 25, 2006 #13


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    Yes, always. You can't assume the x^2 coefficients are 1 unless the coefficient of x^4 is 1, though. (You can diide through to make this true, although youll have to multiply it back in the end.)
  15. Sep 25, 2006 #14


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    Sorry. :blushing: I wish I could claim that was "just so Thomas would do the work himself", but I actually just goofed. In any case, I'm sure thomasrules can work out the correct coefficient himself.
  16. Sep 25, 2006 #15
    yes thanks guys, lol u think i'm taking advantage?
  17. Sep 25, 2006 #16
    K though I wasn't taught that formula so....yea...

    must be another way
  18. Sep 25, 2006 #17
    Since we are on the topic of factoring and finding roots, I have a question. What ways are there to factor a polynomial which is greater than 2nd degree? I know that you can use grouping or use the rational root theorem to find all the possible rational roots and then use synthetic division to see if any of those are the root. Are there any other ways (which don't involve the use of computers or sucessive approximations)?

    Also, isn't there a theorem that makes it impossible to factor a polynomial of degree > 5 or something like that?? (I think I have heard it someplace).
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