Polynomials are expressions like $15x^3 - 14x^2 + 8$. Questions tagged with this concern common operations on polynomials, like adding, multiplying, polynomial long division, factoring and solving for roots.

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Prove that $f=x^4-4x^2+16\in\mathbb{Q}$ is irreducible

Prove that $f=x^4-4x^2+16\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$ is irreducible. I am trying to prove it with Eisenstein's criterion but without success: for p=2, it divides -4 and the constant coefficient 16, don't ...
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Polynomial: $p(x) = p(x+3)$.

Determine polynomial $p(x)$ s.t. $p(x) = p(x+3)$. Just by looking at the above equation, it immediately appears that p has got to be some kind of constant function. I thought it might also be a ...
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Why is the zero polynomial not assigned a degree?

Yesterday, I read in my textbook, We assign degree to every polynomial and even a non-zero constant is assigned a degree $0$ but $0$ itself is not assigned a degree. Why is that? Why we don't ...
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Is there a simple explanation why degree 5 polynomials (and up) are unsolvable?

We can solve (get some kind of answer) equations like: $$ ax^2 + bx + c=0$$ $$ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d=0$$ $$ax^4 + bx^3 + cx^2 + dx + e=0$$ But why is there no formula for an equation like $$ax^5 + ...
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Reducibility over $\mathbb{Z}_2$?

I have seen that $x^{2}+x+1$ and $x^{4}+x+1$ are irreducible over $\mathbb{Z}_2$ and I thought a polynomial of the form $x^{2^m}+x+1$ for $m\ge3$ would be irreducible too. However using WolframAlpha, ...
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Polynomial $P(x,y)$ with $\inf_{\mathbb{R}^2} P=0$, but without any point where $P=0$

Recently I've came across such problem: give a polynomial $P(x,y)$, with $\inf_{\mathbb{R}^2} P=0$, but there is no point on the plane where $P=0$. I couldn't solve it after a day, and seriously doubt ...
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What is the simplest ellipse that goes through exactly 13 lattice points?

The ellipse $-30 x + 3 x^2 - 10 y - 3 x y + 4 y^2$ goes through exactly 11 lattice points. Another such ellipse is $4 - 30 x + 2 x^2 - 5 y - x y + 3 y^2$. What is the simplest ellipse that goes ...
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Characteristic polynomials exhaust all monic polynomials?

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix, then $\mathrm{char}_A(x):=\det(xI-A)$ is a monic polynomial of degree $n$. It is called the characteristic polynomial of $A$. My question is the converse: Let ...
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How to solve a cyclic quintic in radicals?

Galois theory tells us that $\frac{z^{11}-1}{z-1} = z^{10} + z^9 + z^8 + z^7 + z^6 + z^5 + z^4 + z^3 + z^2 + z + 1$ can be solved in radicals because its group is solvable. Actually performing the ...
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Why is $x^3-5x$ injective on the rationals?

I've found the statement on the internet that the polynomial $x^3-5x$ is injective on the rational numbers, but without any comments on how to prove it. I think it means it must be easy, but I don't ...
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Finding the minimal polynomial of $\sqrt 2 + \sqrt[3] 2$ over $\mathbb Q$.

I have to find the minimal polynomial of $\sqrt 2 + \sqrt[3] 2$ over $\mathbb Q$. The suggested way of doing it is to prove that $\mathbb Q[\sqrt 2 + \sqrt[3] 2]=\mathbb Q[\sqrt 2,\sqrt[3] 2]$ first. ...
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Does this polynomial have all its roots both distinct and real?

Recently, I wondered about the following problem: let $n\geq 5$ and let $$ P_n(x)=(x-1)(x-2)\ldots (x-n)-1 $$ Is it true that $P_n(x)$ has $n$ distinct real roots for any $n\geq 5$ ? I checked it ...
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Using Vieta's theorem for cubic equations to derive the cubic discriminant

Background: Vieta's Theorem for cubic equations says that if a cubic equation $x^3 + px^2 + qx + r = 0$ has three different roots $x_1, x_2, x_3$, then $$\begin{eqnarray*} -p &=& x_1 + x_2 ...
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Is factoring polynomials easier than factoring integers? [duplicate]

I was reading the book Algebra: Chapter 0 , by Paolo Aluffi, and came across the following assertion, in page 290, Exercise 5.9: It is in fact much harder to factor integers than integers ...
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Existence of Irreducible polynomials over $\mathbb{Z}$ of any given degree

Question is to prove : Irreducibility of $(x-1)(x-2)\cdots (x-n)- 1$ over $\mathbb{Z}$ for all $n\geq 1$ Irreducibility of $(x-1)(x-2)\cdots (x-n)+ 1$ over $\mathbb{Z}$ for all $n\geq 1$ and ...
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Sum of $k$-th powers

Given: $$ P_k(n)=\sum_{i=1}^n i^k $$ and $P_k(0)=0$, $P_k(x)-P_k(x-1) = x^k$ show that: $$ P_{k+1}(x)=(k+1) \int^x_0P_k(t) \, dt + C_{k+1} \cdot x $$ For $C_{k+1}$ constant. I believe a proof by ...
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Natural density of solvable quintics

A recent question asked about the topological density of solvable monic quintics with rational coefficients in the space of all monic quintics with rational coefficients. Robert Israel gave a nice ...
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Multiplicative norm on $\mathbb{R}[X]$.

How to prove that : there is no function $N\colon \mathbb{R}[X] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, such that : $N$ is a norm of $\mathbb{R}$-vector space and $N(PQ)=N(P)N(Q)$ for all $P,Q \in \mathbb{R}[X]$. ...
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Is a linear combination of minors irreducible?

Let $X=(X_{ij})_{1\le i,j\le n}$ be a matrix of indeterminates over $\mathbb C$. For choices $I,J\subseteq\{1,\ldots,n\}$ with $|I|=|J|=k$ denote by $X_{I\times J}$ the matrix $(X_{ij})_{i\in I,j\in ...
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Polynomials all of whose roots are rational

I have two questions about the class of integer-coefficient polynomials all of whose roots are rational. Q1. Is there some way to recognize such a polynomial from its coefficients $a_0, a_1, \ldots, ...
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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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Existence of rational sequence such that a polynomial is split over $\Bbb{Q}$

Does there exist a sequence $(a_n)_{n\in \Bbb{N}}$ of rationals such that for all $n\in \Bbb{N}$, $a_n\neq 0$ and the polynomial $a_0+a_1X+\cdots+a_nX^n$ is split over $\Bbb{Q}$? I was asked this ...
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Why is the difference of distinct roots of irreducible $f(x)\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$ never rational?

The way I understand it, is that if $f(x)$ is an irreducible polynomial in $\mathbb{Q}[x]$ of degree at least 2, then a difference of distinct roots $a_i-a_j$ is never rational for any of the ...
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When does the product of two polynomials = $x^{k}$?

Suppose $f$ and $g$ are are two polynomials with complex coefficents (i.e $f,g \in \mathbb{C}[x]$). Let $m$ be the order of $f$ and let $n$ be the order of $g$. Are there some general conditions ...
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Intriguing polynomials coming from a combinatorial physics problem

For real $0<q<1$, integer $n >0 $ and integer $k\ge 0$, define $$[k, n]_q \equiv -\sum_{m=1}^{n} q^{m(k+1)} (q^{-n}; q)_m = -\sum_{m=1}^{n} q^{m(k+1)} \prod_{l=0}^{m-1} (1-q^{l-n})$$ ...
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Irreducibility of Polynomials in $k[x,y]$

I'm working through some Hartshorne problems and have noticed that in order to do certain problems properly one must prove a given polynomial $f\in k[x,y]$ is irreducible. For example, in problem ...
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How to see that the polynomial $4x^2 - 3x^7$ is a permutation of the elements of $\mathbb{Z}/{11}\mathbb{Z}$

This is from Rotman's Group Theory book, although I don't have the specific reference right now, as the book is with a friend. He asks to show that $\alpha (x) = 4x^2 - 3x^7$ is a permutation of the ...
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Number of real positive roots of a polynomial?

Consider the polynomial $$f(x)=x((1+x^n)^n+a^n)-a(1+x^n)^n,$$ where $n\geq 2$ is a positive integer and $a$ is a positive real number. I'm interesting in deducing the number of positive real roots ...
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Polynomial $P(a)=b,P(b)=c,P(c)=a$

Let $a,b,c$ be $3$ distinct integers, and let $P$ be a polynomial with integer coefficients.Show that in this case the conditions $$P(a)=b,P(b)=c,P(c)=a$$ cannot be satisfied simultaneously. Any hint ...
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showing that $n$th cyclotomic polynomial $\Phi_n(x)$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$

I studied the cyclotomic extension using Fraleigh's text. To prove that Galois group of the $n$th cyclotomic extension has order $\phi(n)$( $\phi$ is the Euler's phi function.), the writer assumed, ...
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Inverse function of $y=\frac{\ln(x+1)}{\ln x}$

I've been wondering for a while if it's possible to find the inverse function of $y=\frac{\ln(x+1)}{\ln x}$ over the reals. This is the same as finding the positive real root of $x^y-x-1$. I realize ...
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Annoying Polynomial Inequality

Suppose we have a polynomial satisfying $p+p''' \geq p'+p''$ for all $x$. Then $p(x)\geq 0$ for all $x$. I've been stuck on this problem for weeks. The best I can do is supposing there exists $x$ so ...
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Another polynomial game

I came across the following problem and I'm stumped. Players X and Y play the following game. For $n\geq 2$, they consider a monic polynomial with degree $2n$, with undetermined coefficients ...
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$\sum_i x_i^n = 0$ for all $n$ implies $x_i = 0$

Here is a statement that seems prima facie obvious, but when I try to prove it, I am lost. Let $x_1 , x_2 \dots x_k$ be complex numbers satisfying: $$x_1 + x_2 \dots + x_k = 0$$ $$x_1^2 + x_2^2 ...
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If polynomial with rational number is injective on rationals then it is injective on reals?

Let $p:\Bbb{R}\to\Bbb{R}$ is polynomial with rational coefficients. If restriction of $p$ to $\Bbb{Q}$ is injective, then $p$ is injective? I conjectured that $p$ is monotonic, but I don't know how ...
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Signed Multinomial Expansion Coefficients?

I've been spending probably an undue amount of time trying to compute the coefficients of polynomials of the form $p_n(x_1, ..., x_n) = \displaystyle\prod_{\sigma \in \{ -1 , 1 \}^{n-1} } (x_1 + ...
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Monotonic version of Weierstrass approximation theorem

Let $f\in\mathcal{C}^1([0,1])$ be an increasing function over $[0,1]$. Prove or disprove the existence of a sequence of real polynomials $\{p_n(x)\}_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ with the properties: $p_n(x)$ ...
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Roots with equal fractional parts

Question. ¿Does there exist an integer $n>1$ such that there exist positive integers $a,b$ such that $\{\sqrt[n]{a}\}=\{\sqrt[n]{b}\},a\neq b$ and $a$ and $b$ aren't perfect n-th powers? ( $\{x\}$ ...
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Families of Polynomials Irreducible in $\mathbb{Z}$ but reducible in $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ for all primes $p$.

I am wondering if there exist classification of polynomials that are irreducible in $ \mathbb{Z}$ but reducible $\pmod p$ for all primes $p$. I am aware that $\Phi_n$ has this property if ...
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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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$x^2 +y^2 + z^2$ is irreducible in $\mathbb C [x,y,z]$

Is $x^2 +y^2 + z^2$ irreducible in $\mathbb C [x,y,z]$? As $(x^2+y^2+z^2)= (x+y+z)^2- 2(xy+yz+zx)$, $$(x^2+y^2+z^2)=\left(x+y+z+\sqrt{2(xy+yz+zx)}\right)\left(x+y+z-\sqrt{2(xy+yz+zx)}\right).$$ ...
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Factorize the polynomial $x^3+y^3+z^3-3xyz$

I want to factorize the polynomial $x^3+y^3+z^3-3xyz$. Using Mathematica I find that it equals $(x+y+z)(x^2+y^2+z^2-xy-yz-zx)$. But how can I factorize it by hand?
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Check the proof of:$x^2+1$ is irreducible over $\Bbb Q$

Prove: $x^2+1$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$ Proof: Since $x^2+1=(x-i)(x+i)$, so $x^2+1$ is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$. Is it right?
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Zero divisor in $R[x]$

Let $R$ be commutative ring with no (nonzero) nilpotents. If $f(x) = a_0+a_1x+\cdots+a_nx^n$ is a zero divisor in $R[x]$, how do I show there's an element $b \ne 0$ in $R$ such that ...
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System of non-linear equations.

I have to find all triplets $(x,y,z)$ that satisfy: $$x^{2012} + y^{2012} + z^{2012} = 3\\x^{2013} + y^{2013} + z^{2013} = 3\\x^{2014} + y^{2014} + z^{2014} = 3$$ I've found the trivial solution ...
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Why is there no polynomial parametrization for the circle?

How does one show that the unit circle admits no polynomial parametrization? What is needed for this, are there general criteria? Thanks
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Show $\mathbb{Q}[x,y]/\langle x,y \rangle$ is Not Projective as a $\mathbb{Q}[x,y]$-Module.

Disclaimer: Though I have been re-reading my notes, and have scanned the relevant texts, my commutative algebra is quite rusty, so I may be overlooking something basic. I want to show $\mathbb{Q} ...
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Quickest way to determine a polynomial with positive integer coefficients

Suppose that you are given a polynomial $p(x)$ as a black box (i.e. some oracle, to which you feed $x$ and it returns $p(x)$). It is known that the coefficients of $p(x)$ are all positive integers. ...
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Solve $x^7-5x^4-x^3+4x+1=0$ for $x$

Solve for $x$ $$x^7-5x^4-x^3+4x+1=0$$ This equation has been bugging me since the past few days. I have found, using the Rational Root Theorem that $x=1$ is a root of this equation. However, ...
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Irreducibility of $x^n-x-1$ over $\mathbb Q$

I want to prove that $p(x):=x^n-x-1 \in \mathbb Q[x]$ for $n\ge 2$ is irreducible. My attempt. GCD of coefficients is $1$, $\mathbb Q$ is the field of fractions of $\mathbb Z$, and $\mathbb Z$ ...