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Is $ f_n=\frac{(x+1)^n-(x^n+1)}{x}$ irreducible over $\mathbf{Z}$ for arbitrary $n$?

In this document on page $3$ I found an interesting polynomial: $$f_n=\frac{(x+1)^n-(x^n+1)}{x}$$ Question is whether this polynomial is irreducible over $\mathbf{Q}$ for arbitrary $n \geq 1$ ? In ...
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On the problem of polynomial bijection from $\mathbb Q\times\mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$

The question titled "Polynomial bijection from $\mathbb Q\times\mathbb Q$ to $\mathbb Q$" which was posed on MathOverflow attracted quite a lot of attention (and may be the question with most wrong ...
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Irreducibility of $~\frac{x^{6k+2}-x+1}{x^2-x+1}~$ over $\mathbb Q[x]$

The Artin—Schreier polynomial $~x^n-x+1~$ is always irreducible over $\mathbb Q[x]$, unless $n=6k+2$, in which case it seems to have only two factors, one of which is always $x^2-x+1$. The ...
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The radical solution of a solvable 17th degree equation

(The question is at the bottom of the post.) Here's a "natural" solvable 17-th deg eqn with small coefficients: $$\begin{align*} x^{17}-6 x^{16}&-24 x^{15}-42 x^{14}-31 x^{13}-23 x^{12}-7 ...
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Define $f(x),g(x)\in \mathbb{R}$. Prove $f(x)=g(x)$

Problem: Define $f(x),g(x)\in \mathbb{R}$ are polynomials And both of them have at least one real root and satisfy: $$f(1+x+g(x)^{2})=g(1+x+f(x)^{2})$$ Prove $f(x)=g(x)$. Rather naturally, I ...
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On the order of $\mathbb{Z}[X]/(f,g)$ and the resultant $R(f,g)$.

I suspect that $\#\mathbb{Z}[X]/(f,g)=|R(f,g)|$ holds for any two non-constant polynomials $f,g\in\mathbb{Z}[X]$, where $R(f,g)$ is the resultant of $f$ and $g$. I am however unable to prove it. I'd ...
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Polynomial in the components of the curvature tensor

Consider a closed Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ of dimension n and let $K(t,x,y)$ be its heat kernel. Then it is known that the heat kernel has an asymptotic expansion as $t\downarrow 0$: ...
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When does a polynomial fixing a subring imply its coefficients are in that subring?

Let $S$ be a subring of $R$. If $p$ is a polynomial with coefficients in $S$, then $p$ fixes $S$ (as a function, that is, $p(s)\in S$ for all $s\in S$). A converse statement is: If $p$ is a ...
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Is $\bigl(X(X-a)(X-b)\bigr)^{2^n} +1$ an irreducible polynomial over $\mathbb{Q}[X]$?

Let $a, b \in \mathbb{Q}$, with $a\neq b$ and $ab\neq 0$, and $n$ a positive integer. Is the polynomial $\bigl(X(X-a)(X-b)\bigr)^{2^n} +1$ irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}[X]$? I know that ...
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If polynomials are almost surjective over a field, is the field algebraically closed?

Let $K$ be a field. Say that polynomials are almost surjective over $K$ if for any nonconstant polynomial $f(x)\in K[x]$, the image of the map $f:K\to K$ contains all but finitely many points of $K$. ...
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When is a polynomial contained in the ideal generated by its partial derivatives?

Let $R = k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ be a multivariate polynomial ring over a field $k$ of characteristic zero, and let $f\in R$. Is there an easy-to-test necessary and sufficient condition on $f$ such that ...
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On the maximum number of polynomials in a certain subspace

I've already asked this question on mathoverflow, but no one answered. So I put this problem also here. Sorry for that. Let $\mathbb F_q$ be a finite field and let $e, k$ be positive integers with ...
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How to prove this polynomial inequality?

How can we prove the following? If $\frac{dP_{n}}{dz}|_{z=z_{0}}=0$ then $|P_{n}(z_{0})|<2$ for all $n>1$, where $P_{n}(z)\equiv P_{n-1}^{2}+z$ and $P_{1}\equiv z$ $z$ is in the complex plane. ...
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How to simplify this combinatorial expression?

Find \begin{eqnarray} \sum_{j\in\mathbb{N}}(n-2j)^k\binom{n}{2j-m} \end{eqnarray} Note that this question is a generalization of this one. I tried to imitate the steps in the answer given in that ...
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Bounds on derivative of real positive coefficient polynomial satisfying certain properties

While thinking about this question of Clin, I wanted to consider the polynomial: $P(z) = 1+x_1z+x_2z^2+\cdots+x_nz^n$, satisfying: (I) $1\geq x_{1}\geq x_2\geq\cdots\geq x_{n}\geq0$ and ...
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On the continuation of a polynomial

This exrcise is from the first section of Marden: Exercise 12. Let the interior of a piecewise regular curve $C$ contain the origin $\cal O$ and be star-shaped with respect to $\cal O$. If the ...
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$\mathbb C[X_1, \ldots, X_n]$ is a free module over $\mathbb C[X_1, \ldots, X_n]^G$

Let $G$ be finite subgroup of $GL_n( \mathbb C )$. Let $\mathbb C[X_1, \ldots, X_n]^G$ be the set of all G-invariant polynomials of $\mathbb C[X_1, \ldots, X_n]$. Is there any rule by which we can ...
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Can we express the roots of all polynomials in terms of roots of some special polynomials?

We can describe the roots of quadratic equations in terms of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and the square-root function $\sqrt a$ which computes a root of the special polynomial ...
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Does it follow that any element of $J(A)$ is necessarily nilpotent?

Let $A[x]$ be the algebra of polynomials with coefficients in a $k$-algebra $A$. Assume that, for any simple $A[x]$-module $M$, one has $\text{End}_{A[x]}M = k$. Does it follow that any element of ...
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Fejer-Riesz Lemma

I'm trying to apply the Fejer-Riesz Lemma constructively. The lemma says that for a Laurent polynomial $a(z) = \sum_{-n}^na_jz^j$ with $a_j = \bar a_{-j}$ and $a(e^{i\theta})\geq0$ on the complex unit ...
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If $F(a_1,\ldots,a_k)=0$ whenever $a_1,\ldots,a_k$ are integers such that $f(x)=x^k-a_1x^{k-1}-\cdots-a_k$ is irreducible, then $F\equiv0$

I'm trying to understand a proof of the following theorem (from section II of Hall's paper An Isomorphism Between Linear Recurring Sequences and Algebraic Rings): If $F(a_1, \ldots, a_k)$ is a ...
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Gauss-Lucas Theorem (roots of derivatives)

Gauss-Lucas Theorem states: "Let f be a polynomial and $f'$ the derivative of $f$. Then the theorem states that the $n-1$ roots of $f'$ all lie within the convex hull of the $n$ roots ...
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Product of two random polynomials

Let $\alpha,\beta$ be two polynomials of the form $$\alpha(X)=\sum_{i=0}^{n}\alpha_iX^i,\quad \quad \beta(X)=\sum_{j=0}^n\beta_jX^j$$ where each coefficient is $1$ with a probability of $p$ and $0$ ...
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Fixed point of a polynomial mapping - what's the relation between the two views

Let $\sigma : \Bbb{C}^3 \to \Bbb{C}^3$ be a polynomial mapping. Let $P:= \Bbb{C}[x,y,z]$ denote the space of polynomial in 3 variables. Then $\sigma$ induces a (linear) mapping $\tilde{\sigma} : ...
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The cubic equation $x^3 - 4 x^2 + x + 1 =0$

The cubic polynomial $P(x) =x^3 - 4 x^2 + x + 1$ has discriminant $\Delta = 169 = 13^2$ which tells us that the extension $\mathbb{Q}(a)/\mathbb{Q}$ is normal, where $a$ is any root of the equation ...
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Find the least possible value of $n$ such that there exist $P(x), Q(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$

Find the least possible value of $n, n \geq 2015$ such that there exists polynomial $P(x)$ with degree $n$, integer coefficients, the coefficient of the term $x^n$ is positive and polynomial $Q(x)$ ...
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Is there a polynomial $p$ such that it is bijective and $ p: \mathbb{Q}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{Q}$ for $ n>1$ ??

Let us define a polynomial $p$ defined as follow $$p: \mathbb{Q}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{Q}.$$ I acrossed this question in mind. Is there a polynomial $p$ such that it is bijective and $p: ...
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Reducing multivariate rational fractions to lowest terms

I wish to simplify multivariate rational fractions to a canonical form. Thanks to some very helpful mathematically inclined people who verified that my understanding of Wikipedia was correct, I'm now ...
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Isomorphism between finite fields adjoining a root

Let $p(x)=x^3+x^2+1$ and $q(x)=x^3+x+1$ be polynomials over the field $\mathbb{Z}_2$. Let $\alpha$ be a root of $p(x)$ and $\beta$ be a root of $q(x)$. Now let $K=\mathbb{Z}_2(\alpha)$ and ...
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Elementary proof of irreducibility criterion

From ``Problems from the Book'' by Andreescu and Dospinescu, the following irreducibility criterion is presented: Let $f$ be a monic polynomial with integer coefficients and let $p$ be a prime. If ...
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Generating Functions, Recursive Polynomials

At the CMFT international conference in Turkey (2009), the following open problem was given: Show that $$p_n(x):=\sum_{k=0}^n \frac{(n-k)^k}{k!}x^{n-k}$$ has only real simple zeros for every $n$. ...
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Runge's phenomen: interpolation error using Chebyshev nodes oscillates

We're trying to approximate the Runge function $f(x) = \dfrac{1}{1+25x^2}$ using Chebyshev nodes. When calculating the interpolation error, using different degrees ranging from 0 to 50, we get the ...
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Check my proof of the polynomial uniqueness

Problem 169 from the book I.M. Gelfand, "Algebra". "Assume that $x_1, \ldots , x_{10}$ are different numbers, and $y_1 , \ldots , y_{10}$ are arbitrary numbers. Prove that there is one and only one ...
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Generalized conjugation of polynomials with coefficients in an associative algebra

Suppose $\mathcal{A}$ is an associative algebra over $\mathbb{R}$. Furthermore, let $f(x_1, \dots , x_n) \in \mathcal{A}[x_1, \dots , x_n]$. Preliminary Question: Is it possible to find $g(x_1, ...
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relationship between solution of quintic in terms of $_{4}F_{3}$ hypergeometric function and theta functions

There is one approach (Bring radical/method of differential resolvents) to the general solution to the quintic that gives the solution for a particular root $v\in\{v_{1},v_{2},v_{3},v_{4},v_{5}\}$ in ...
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Similar Triangle dissections

Andrzej Zak found that a triangle with sides based on powers of the root $d^6-d^2-1=0$, $(d=1.15096...)$ that can replicate itself with 6 differently sized copies. The numbers are powers of $d$. The ...
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The probability that a random (real) cubic has three real roots

We can formalize the notion of the probability that a randomly selected quadratic real polynomial has real roots as follows: Suppose $R > 0$, and suppose the random variables $a, b, c$ are ...
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“gapped” polynomial leads to ring-shaped roots

Given a polynomial $$P(z)=\sum_{n=0}^N a_n z^n$$ with real coefficients distributed as a gaussian curve $a_n=\frac{1}{\sigma\sqrt{2\pi}}e^{(n-b)^2/2\sigma}$ ($b>0$). The sum of all the polynomial ...
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An integral to prove that $\log(2n+1) \ge H_n$

Dalzell integral The equation $$ \int_0^1 \frac{x^4(1-x)^4}{1+x^2}dx=\frac{22}{7}-\pi $$ proves that $\frac{22}{7}-\pi>0$ because the integrand is positive. Some Dalzell-type integrals for ...
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proof that $\frac{x^p - 1}{x-1} = 1 + x + \dots + x^{p-1}$ is irreducible

I am reading the group theory text of Eugene Dickson. Theorem 33 shows this polynomial is irreducible $$ \frac{x^p - 1}{x-1} = 1 + x + \dots + x^{p-1} \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$$ He shows this polynomial ...
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The smallest non-zero integer $c$ such that $\sum\limits_{n=1}^m\pm(x+n)^6 = c$?

We have the neat equalities, I. Group 1 For $k=2,3,4,5,\dots$ $$\sum_{n=1}^{2^k}\epsilon_n(x+n)^k = 2^{\frac{k(k-1)}{2}}k! = 4,\;48,\;1536,\;\color{brown}{122880},\dots$$ for appropriate ...
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Does this simple problem using Vieta's formulas have deeper connections to elliptic curves?

A friend posed the following question to me: Suppose $p(x)=x^3+ax+b$ has one real root, $x_1$, and two non-real roots, $x_2$ and $x_3$. Compute $x_1$ in terms of $x_2$. By Vieta's formulas, ...
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A question about cyclotomic polynomials.

Let $F$ be the smallest subfield of $\mathbb{C}$ which contains $i$ and which, for every positive integer $n$, contains the unique non-negative $n$th root of every non-negative real number that it ...
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A problem with sign of coefficients of a polynomial expression

Let $f$ be a real coefficient homogeneous polynomial in $n$ undeterminates, such that $f(x_1,\cdots,x_n)>0$ whenever $x_1,...,x_n$ are non-negative real numbers, not all $0$. Then how to show ...
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A question in my mind

Suppose $\displaystyle P\in \mathbb{R}[x]$ such that : $\displaystyle P(x)=2^n$ has at least one rational root for each $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Does it follow $P$ is linear? If it does or doesn't give ...
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How does the polynomial transformation $P(x) \mapsto P(x) + c$ alter the roots of that polynomial? Specifics inside.

Consider a real quadratic polynomial $Q_k(x) = (x-\nu)(x-\omega_k) - g_k^2$. I can interpret $Q_k(x)$ as a translation of the polynomial $$ (x-\nu)(x-\omega_k) = ...
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Given an integer, how can I detect the nearest integer perfect power efficiently?

If you give me an integer N, how can I detect the nearest integer perfect power, larger or smaller than N? In other words, the perfect power the distance between N and which is less than the ...
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Irreducibility of polynomials via Frobenius map

I am having trouble trying to show this: Let $f \in \mathbb{F}_p[x]$ be a non-constant polynomial and let $F$ denote the Frobenius map $F: R \rightarrow R$ where $R = \mathbb F_p[x]/(f)$. Prove ...
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Restriction of trivariate polynomial to $1$ variable

Let $p(x,y,z): \mathbb{F}^3 \to \mathbb{F}$ be a trivariate polynomial of degree $d \ll |\mathbb{F}|$. We choose uniformly at random an affine $1$-dimentional space $\ell = \{(a_1,a_2,a_3)t + ...
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Moments of the number of roots of polynomials over finite fields

Let $F:=\{f\in\mathbb{F}_q[X_1,\ldots,X_n]: \textrm{deg}(f)\leq d\}$ be the set containing all $n$-variate polynomials of degree less than or equal to $d$ over finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$ of prime ...