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How to solve cube roots question ?

  1. Aug 10, 2006 #1
    How to solve cube roots question ?
    Example :
    x^3 - 100x^2 - 7800x + 16300 = 0

    I had think long time but still cannot find the way. Besides trial an error, is there anyway to solve this problem ?
    thank you.
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  3. Aug 10, 2006 #2
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  4. Aug 10, 2006 #3


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    Cardano had a method, but you might find it a bit lengthy for your taste. Here's MathWorld's page on cubics:

  5. Aug 11, 2006 #4


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    For a given equation [tex]x^3+ax^2+bx+c=0[/tex], we can substitute [tex]x=y-\frac{a}{3}[/tex], which implies [tex]y^3+py+q=0[/tex], where [tex]p=b-\frac{a^2}{3}[/tex], and [tex]q=\frac{2a^3}{17}-\frac{ab}{3}+c[/tex]. After further manipulation, one can retrieve [tex]x=\sqrt[3]{-\frac{q}{2}+\sqrt{(\frac{q}{2})^2+(\frac{p}{3})^3}}+\sqrt[3]{-\frac{q}{2}-\sqrt{(\frac{q}{2})^2+(\frac{p}{3})^3}}[/tex], which represents Cardan's formula.
  6. Aug 13, 2006 #5
    thank guy ~
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