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wumple

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Hi,

Does anyone know how mathematica and maple solve cubics? Do they do it numerically?

Does anyone know how mathematica and maple solve cubics? Do they do it numerically?

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wumple

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Hi,

Does anyone know how mathematica and maple solve cubics? Do they do it numerically?

Does anyone know how mathematica and maple solve cubics? Do they do it numerically?

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Simon_Tyler

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dreiter

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Not to be rude, but that link by itself isn't terrifically helpful for him.

I don't know the answer to your question, but Mathematica can solve an equation numerically or algebraically, depending on the instructions you give it. Do you have a spefic problem in mind?

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implicitnone

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Simon_Tyler

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Not to be rude, but that link by itself isn't terrifically helpful for him.

I agree -- but so many times on this forum, you put in a lot of effort into an answer and never get a reply.

Notice that the OP has not replied to your request for more information about whether their interested in symbolics or numerics.

The OP posted a one line question which showed very little hint that they'd done any reading on the subject - so I assumed they were just wowed by the large algebraic mess that solving cubics gives. The wikipedia article gives a good discussion of the history and method.

If the OP then wanted to be more specific about numerics or say symbolic factorization over various rings, then they could have come back and clarified their interest.

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wumple

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x^3 + ax + b = 0

but if I make the substitution x = u + v and go through the algebra, I come up with something of the form

x = ((1+z)^(1/3) + (1-z)^(1/3))

So how do these programs get around this issue?

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EnumaElish

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