# Polynomial Function

• MHB
• mathland
In summary, the conversation discusses three possible ways to find the roots of a polynomial equation, including cheating, using Vieta's formulas, and expanding an equation. The Vieta formulas are equations that relate the roots to the coefficients of the equation.

#### mathland

I say the answer is A.

Did you check it? Did the roots come out? (They don't.)

There are three ways to do this one.

2) Use the Vieta formulas.

3) Write out $$\displaystyle (x - 1) \left ( x - \dfrac{1}{ \alpha } \right ) = 0$$ and expand.

-Dan

topsquark said:
Did you check it? Did the roots come out? (They don't.)

There are three ways to do this one.

2) Use the Vieta formulas.

3) Write out $$\displaystyle (x - 1) \left ( x - \dfrac{1}{ \alpha } \right ) = 0$$ and expand.

-Dan

No. I did not check it. What is the Vieta formulas?

Beer soaked ramblings follow.
mathland said:
No. I did not check it. What is the Vieta formulas?
Translation: I don't know man. That sounds like a lot of work!

mathland said:
No. I did not check it. What is the Vieta formulas?

Vieta's formulas are equations that connect some expressions of the roots of a polynomial equation to its coefficients. (See e.g. wikipedia)

Theia said:
Vieta's formulas are equations that connect some expressions of the roots of a polynomial equation to its coefficients. (See e.g. wikipedia)

I'll need to look that up.