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**x^3-3x^2-5x-1 ??**

x^3-3x^2-5x-1

apparently the book solved it by dividing it by -1 with synthetic division.

i don't like synthetic division and tried to use -x with regular division.

it did not work out.

how does one solve this without using a calculator?

please explain why each step is taken.