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Point of intersection

  1. Feb 14, 2006 #1
    may i know how to find the point of intersection between y=x+6 and y=x^3 ??
     
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  3. Feb 14, 2006 #2

    TD

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    See for what values of x, the y values are the same, so solve:

    [tex]x^3 = x + 6 \Leftrightarrow x^3 - x - 6 = 0[/tex]

    Divisors of the constant term (6) are possible zeroes.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2006 #3
    ya,but then from x^3 - x - =0 how to solve pls
     
  5. Feb 15, 2006 #4
    ya ,from x^3 -x - 6 = 0
     
  6. Feb 15, 2006 #5

    HallsofIvy

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    You TRY SOMETHING!!!

    Have you even tried plugging in numbers to get an idea of how large the solutions should be?
     
  7. Feb 15, 2006 #6

    TD

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    And as I said, you should try the divisors of the constant term, if you're looking for integer zeroes.
     
  8. Feb 15, 2006 #7

    0rthodontist

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    http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/factor/fac11/fac11.html

    Scroll down to "solving the depressed cubic" because that is the form you have.

    Though indeed, it is easier to look for an integer solution as TD said, and you can see graphically from the original problem that there are no other solutions.
     
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  9. Feb 15, 2006 #8

    Integral

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    You can always plot the 2 functions to get an idea where the intersection is.
     
  10. Feb 15, 2006 #9
    the answer is it = to 6 and zero??
     
  11. Feb 15, 2006 #10
    Try graphing the two equations as suggested by others. I graphed it on an online graphing calculator and can see that the two curves intersect at only one point. Remember that intersections are points on the x-y plane, so they should have the form (x,y), not just single numbers. Example: The curves intersect at (1,3) and (5,2).
     
  12. Feb 15, 2006 #11
    i have already drawn it but i cant find the point using the eqn above so i ask for help in this forum
     
  13. Feb 15, 2006 #12
    try to put divisors of 6 , 1,2,3,6 and -1,-2,-3,-6 in the equation(x^3 -x - 6 = 0)
    1^3 - 1 - 6 = -6 wrong , I continue 2^3 - 2 - 6 = 8 - 8 = 0 Bingo
    the 2 graphs intersect at (2,8).usualy when u have such equation you should what TD told u to do.
     
  14. Feb 15, 2006 #13
    okok got it thanx
     
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