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Polynomial roots or discriminant

  1. Jul 24, 2013 #1
    Hi there,

    I was wondering if it is possible to find the roots of the following polynomial
    P(x)=x^n+a x^m+b
    or at least can I get the discriminant of it, which is the determinant of the Sylvester matrix associated to P(x) and P'(x).

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  3. Jul 24, 2013 #2
    The Abel-Ruffini theorem says that it's impossible to find the roots of ##x^5 - x +1## using only rational numbers and radicals and combinations of those. So that's a counterexample to being able to find all the roots.
  4. Jul 24, 2013 #3
    Yes that's true, then do you have any idea how to get the discriminant ?
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