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How polynomials are represented in matrix form for Univariate Polynomial.

Represent this polynomial equation in matrix form $$P(x)=a_2 x^{2} +a_1x^{1} +a_0$$ ?
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A subset of a polynomial ring and its ideal.

Let $P=K[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ be a polynomial ring over a field $K$ and $I = (f)$ be a principal ideal in $P$ generated by $f \in P - \{0 \}$. Moreover let $L \subset \{x_1, \dots, x_n \}$ and $\hat{P} ...
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Find the greatest common divisor of pairs of polynomials

I'm trying to find the greatest common divisor of $$p(x)=7x^3+6x^2-8x+4$$ and $$q(x)=x^3+x-2$$ where both $p(x),q(x)\in\mathbb{Q}[x].$ And if $d(x)=gcd(p(x),q(x)),$ I need to find two polynomials ...
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$K$-affine $Hom$ functor relating to Polynomial Maps (Exercise in _Algebra: Chapter 0_ by Aluffi)

I'm currently learning some category theory and algebraic geometry, the basics at least. In Algebra: Chapter 0 by Aluffi, there is an exercise describing the relationship between morphisms of affine ...
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$f\in L[x,y]$ such that $f(x,0)=0$ implies $f=y g$ with $g\in L[x,y]$?

Suppose $L$ is an infinite field (or even algebraically closed; I'm not sure if it is necessary to add that hypothesis). If we have a polynomial $f(x,y)\in L[x,y]$ and $f(x,0)\equiv 0$, does that ...
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Determine all $k$ such that $k^3+k+1$ is divisible by 11

The task is the following: Determine all $\ k\in\mathbb Z$ such that $k^3+k+1$ is divisible by 11 I assumed that "$k^3+k+1$ is divisible by 11" is saying $11|k^3+k+1$. That means I can rewrite it as ...
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What is my special quadratic?

Start with $f(x)=x^2+bx+c$. Then, attempt to solve for $x$ in $f(x)=x$. It is easily found that $x=\frac{1-b\pm\sqrt{(b-1)^2-4c}}{2}$. Then, start again with $f(x)=x$ and apply the function $f$ to ...
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Is this a valid way for performing polynomial division?

While attempting to divide a quartic by a quadratic factor to find the other factors of the given quartic, I can't help feeling I "invented" a way of dividing polynomials. Suppose you have a quartic ...
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Real roots of the equation $\frac{18}{x^4} + \frac{1}{x^2} = 4$

I'm struggling a bit on the best method to find the real roots of the above equation. I ended up obtaining an equation of: $4x^4 - x^2 - 18 = 0$. Is this correct? From there on, how should I ...
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Does the resolvent cubic of the quartic equation always have at least 1 positive real root

I have written some code to solve for the roots of a 4th order polynomial, and in the process, I noticed that the resolvent cubic always has at least one positive real root. I can't find anywhere ...
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For which rings does a polynomial in $R$ have finitely many roots?

Which infinite rings satisfy the following Every non-zero polynomial in $R[X]$ has only finitely many roots ? Are there such rings which are not integral domains ?
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What is the probability of interpolating the Tutte polynomial of a planar graph from the values at the two hyperbolas?

Crossposted from MO The Tutte polynomial is a bivariate polynomial with positive integer coefficient which is a graph invariant and can be defined recursively. Evaluating it is $\#P$-complete even ...
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Checking whether a given polynomial is reducible or irreducible.

We're given the polynomial $x^{2}-2$ , and we need to prove that it's irreducible in $\mathbb Q$ but reducible in $\mathbb R$. Writing the polynomial as $(x^{2}-2) = 1.(x^{2}-2)$ , $(x^{2}-2)$ ...
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Solving a polynomial for cyclic roots

For any complex value of c, the following polynomial has 6 complex root values of p: $$1+c+2 c^2+c^3+p+2 c p+c^2 p+p^2+3 c p^2+3 c^2 p^2+p^3+2 c p^3+p^4+3 c p^4+p^5+p^6$$ For a general 6th order ...
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A subset of easily solved 4th degree polynomials

I've found (maybe, maybe not, but it's not on this Wikipedia or this Wikipedia) that there is a subset of easily solved quartic polynomials of the form ...
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Closed form for the sole positive root of the polynomial ${x^\alpha } + {x^{\alpha - 1}} + \cdots + {x^3} + {x^2} -p$, $p > 0$

For a study I'm making about the minimum and maximum radial values of bounded orbits in a central force system with general power law forces, I came across this special polynomial equation: ...
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Determining if a Polynomial is a subspace and its Basis

Hi, the question is Which of the subsets of P2 given in Exercises 1 through 5 are subspaces of P2 Find a basis for those that are subspaces. So I know that P'(1) = 1b + 2c And I know that P(2) = a ...
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Polynomial Factoring problem [on hold]

Find the value of $p$ and $q$ such that $15x^3 + 26x^2 - 11x - 6$ is a factor of $15x^4 + px^3 - 37x^2 + qx + 6$.
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Finding a sixth degree polynomial that goes through 8 points

For a summative math research assignment, I will have to find a sixth degree polynomial that would ideally go through the following points: (0, 20.5625) (10, 27.5625) (30, 14.5625) (50, 14.6875) (60, ...
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How to prove if $5/2 < x < (5/4)(1+\sqrt2)$, then $25/(x(2x-5)\ge 8$

if $\frac52 < x < \frac54(1+\sqrt2)$, then $\frac{25}{x(2x-5)} \ge 8$ First I unpacked the conclusion to: $$ 16w^2-40w-25 \le 0 $$ I attempted to solve by manipulating the interval (squaring, ...
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property of complex polynomials

I can't solve the following problem: Let $p(z) = z^n + a_{n-1}z^{n-1} + ... + a_0$ be a complex polynomial of degree $n \ge 1$. Assume that there exist $j \in \{0, 1, ... n-1\}$ such that $a_j \neq ...
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Decomposition of an algebraic number into a sum or product of algebraic numbers with smaller degree

An algebraic number can be identified by its minimal polynomial together with isolating intervals with rational bounds for its real and imaginary parts. The degree of an algebraic number is the degree ...
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Proving that one has solved chess by exhibiting the zeroes of polynomials over finite fields?

My question is based on one of Scott Aaronson blog post which states that a God-like being could convinced the villagers, to any degree of confidence, that she has solved chess by answering a few ...
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Roots of $x^p + x + [\alpha]_p \in \mathbb{Z}_p[x]$

Let $$g(x) = x^p + x + [\alpha]_p \in \mathbb{Z}_p[x],$$ where $p$ is prime. For which $\alpha, p \in \mathbb{Z}$ does $g(x)$ have at least one root? And for which $\alpha, p \in \mathbb{Z}$ ...
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Maximum of polynomial [on hold]

I was studying statics and came across this problem: Find the value $\beta$ such that $P$ has a maximum value in $R^2 - 1000^2 = P^2 + 2000P\cos(75^{\circ}+\beta)$. When $R$ is constant, the ...
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Divergence of squared sum of Chebyshev Polynomials $\equiv L+R$ has empty point spectrum

The Chebyshev Polynomials of the second kind $U_n$ are the solutions of the differential equation $$(1-x^2)U_n''(x)-3xU_n'(x)+n(n+2)U_n(x)=0$$ Alternatively they are defined inductively: $$U_0(x)=1 ...
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How do I derive the cubic formula? (without substitutions)

I've heard of a number of ways that people have derived a cubic formula (I've even heard of a number of different ways to show the formula itself too). What I want to know is how to derive it without ...
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Show $p(x)$ is a primitive polynomial

First the definition: Polynomial $q(x) \in \mathbb{Z}_p[x]$ of degree $n$ is called primitive, iff: $q(x) \mid x^{p^n-1}-1$ $\forall k : 1 \leq k \leq p^{n}-1$ : $q(x) \nmid x^k - 1$ ...
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For which $n \in \mathbb{N}$ does $x^8 + [2]_nx^7+[6]_nx^6-x^2-[2]_nx - [6]_n = [0]_n$ have at least $7$ distinct solutions?

I have to find one $n \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $$x^8 + [2]_nx^7+[6]_nx^6-x^2-[2]_nx - [6]_n = [0]_n$$ has at least $7$ distinct solutions in $\mathbb{Z}_n$ (or, equivalently, $f(x) = x^8 + ...
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Linear maps of polynomials, the bases of the space and their corresponding matrix.

Suppose $T \in \mathrm{Hom}(\mathscr{P}_3(\mathbb{R}),\mathscr{P}_4(\mathbb{R}))$ is defined by: $$Tp(x)=(x^2p(x))',$$ for all $x \in \mathbb{R}$ and $S \in\mathrm{Hom} ...
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Can the galois group be the symmetric group, if the discriminant is a perfect square?

Let $f\in \mathbb Z[X]$ be an irreducible polynomial. Suppose, the discriminant of $f$ is a perfect square. Can the galois group of $f$ over $\mathbb Q$ be $S_d$, where $d$ denotes the degree of ...
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Prove/Disprove : Every polynomial with prime degree and coefficients in $[-1,1]$ has galois-group $S_p$

Conjecture : Let $p$ be a prime number , $f\in \mathbb Z[X]$ an irreducible polynomial with degree $p$ and coefficients in the range $[-1,1]$. Then the galois group of $f$ over $\mathbb Q$ ...
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Check if intersection of curve and line exist and find it

I'm working on moist/dry air characteristic and as far I'm not really from a mathematic background, I'm struggling with a relatively basic problem which is finding the intersection of 2 curves. I ...
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Is this part of a known sequence?

while trying to express as an infinite sum the function $t^x/\Gamma(x)$ I came across some coefficients of the form $a_0=1$ $a_1=-\psi^{(0)}(1)$ $a_2=[\psi^{(0)}(1)]^2-\psi^{(1)}(1)$ ...
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Identifying indeterminable terms in polynomial fit

I am using SVD to fit a polynomial surface to a set of points, where the number of points may be less than, equal to, or more than the number of polynomial terms. For simplicity, let's assume points ...
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Alternate proof to number of monomials in a given degree - “more” rigorous, formal [duplicate]

Let $s$ be the number of variables and $n$ be the degree of the monomials we want to count in $R[X_1,\dots,X_s]$. Then show, that the count is $$\delta(n,s):=\binom{s-1+n}{s-1}.$$ The question ...
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Entry Expansion of Power Matrix

Suppose $A:=\{a_{i,j}\}, 1\le i,j, \le n$ is a $n\times n$ matrix with real positive entries. Now replace the constant $a_{1,1}$ with a real variable $x$. Denote by $A_x$ the resulting variable-Matrix ...
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Expected values of Hermite polynomials under Gaussian distribution

On Wikipedia there's a nice result stating that $$E[He_n(X)]=\mu^n,$$ where $He_n$ is the (probabilists') Hermite polynomial of order $n$ and $X$ is a $N(\mu, 1)$ random variable. I'm interested in ...
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How to show if the following subset $W$ is a subspace of a vector space $V$?

$1.$ $V=P_n(\mathbb{R}), $and $ W=\{p(x)\in P_n(\mathbb{R})\mid p(1)+p(2)+p(3)=0 \}$ $2.$ $V=M_{n\times n}(\mathbb{R}), $and $ W=\{A\in M_{n\times n}(\mathbb{R}) \mid A \text{ is not symmetric}\}$ ...
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Basis for 4th degree polynomials such that integral of $p(x)$ from $-1$ to $1$ equals $0$

Let $U= \{ p \in \mathscr P_4\mathbb{R} \ | \int_{-1}^1 p(x)dx=0\}$. a.) Find a basis for $U$. b.) Find a subspace $W$ of $\mathscr{P_4}(\mathbb{R})$ such that $\mathscr{P_4}(\mathbb{R})= U \oplus ...
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Simplifying an equation from $a - b(c)$ to $a(b) - b(c)$.

A section in a book shows jumping from $$7-3(9-7) = 1$$ to $$4(7)-3(9) = 1$$ I can't see how this happens. What steps have been taken? Where did the four come from?
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Can a hermitian, rational polynomial have non-zero odd and real coefficients in the numerator/denominator?

Assume that we have a rational polynomial of the form: $$\chi\left(\omega\right)=\frac{\sum_{n=0}\left(c_n+ic_n^{\dagger}\right)\omega^{n}}{\sum_{n=0}\left(d_n+id_n^{\dagger}\right)\omega^{n}}$$ ...
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Irrational roots conjugate theorem

This theorem seems pretty clear cut at first, but i have read a lot of queries about it. I have found out that if a cubic has only $1$ irrational root, then it cannot be expressed in the form $a + ...
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A non continuous linear map $A:\Bbb{R}[X]\rightarrow \Bbb{R}$ such that $A(P)=P(1).$

I have a linear map $A:\Bbb{R}[X]\mapsto \Bbb{R}$ such that $A(P)=P(1)$, for the $p-$norm : $\Vert P\Vert=\bigl(\sum_{i=1}^n\vert a_i\vert^p\bigr)^{1/p}$ where $p\in[1,+\infty].$ For the cas ...
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$f$ is divisible by a square of non-constant polynomial iff $f,f'$ are not relatively prime

Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $f=a_0+ \cdots +a_nt^n \in R[t]$. Define $f':=a_1+2a_2t+ \cdots + na_{n-1}t^{n-1}$. Show that $f$ is divisible by a square of non-constant polynomial if and only ...
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$\sqrt{1-x^2}|P(x)|\le 1$ for all $x\in [-1,1]$

Let $P(x)$ be a real polynomial with degree $n$ such that $\sqrt{1-x^2}|P(x)|\le 1$ for all $x\in [-1,1]$. Prove that $|P(x)|\le n+1$ for all $x\in [-1,1]$. This question was posted some years ...
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What is the maximum value of coefficient $f_v$ with the constraint that the matrix is positive semi-definite?

I am trying to solve this equation my self with my knowledge about characteristic polynomials, etc but I have placed it here earlier because I'm not a mathematician and maybe you give me ideas to ...
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How to solve a quadratic inequality that acts like a quadratic equality?

This will be largely a trivial question. But how do I solve an inequality like this: $3x^4 - 4x^2 + 1>0$ ? Of course, I can treat it like a quadratic inequality by saying $t=x^2$ So I can solve ...
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A determinant that arises when proving the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture

Prove that $$\det\bigg(\frac{1-s^{i+j-1}}{1-t^{i+j-1}}\bigg)^n_{i,j=1}=t^{n^3/3-n^2/2+n/6}\prod_{1\leq i<j\leq n}(1-t^{j-i})^2\prod_{i,j=1}^n\frac{1-st^{j-i}}{1-t^{i+j-1}}$$ In his book, D. ...
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Completion of a polynomial ring [on hold]

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with ideal $I$. Let $J$ be the ideal of $R[x]$ generated by $I$ and $x$. What is the $J$-adic completion of $R[x]$? Is it $S[[x]]$, where $S$ is the $I$-adic ...