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Can we write “fractional root” symbol in math?

Fractional exponents are legit but I have never seen fractional roots, so I just wonder if we can write fractional roots such as this: It sometimes can be convenient to think about too.
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Probability of $ax^2 + bx + c = 0$ having real solutions

$a$, $b$, $c$ are random integer numbers between $1$ and $100$ (including $1$ and $100$, and uniformly distributed). What is the probability that the equation $ax^2 + bx + c = 0$ has real ...
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Finding the roots of weighted sum of $\tanh$

How can this equation be solved analytically? Is it possible, why? Is there a better alternative than the Newton approximation? $k\tanh^2(ax+b) + l\tanh^2(cx+d) + e = 0 $ with $a,b,c,d,e,k,l \text{ ...
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Solving $e^\frac1x = x$ non-graphically?

This question has come up twice in different tests and the instructions always point out that it should be solved using a graphic calculator. Fair enough, the answer is ≈ 1.76322...(goes on forever?). ...
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Solving a special Quartic Equation.

Solve for $x$ $$(x^2-4)(x^2-2x)=2$$ I have tried the Rational Root Theorem and found that there are no rational roots. Further, the polynomial $p(x)=(x^2-4)(x^2-2x)-2$ is irreducible since ...
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Show that a real polynomial of degree more than or equal to $3$ is reducible

Let $f \in \mathbb R [x]$ and suppose that $\deg(f) \geq 3$. Then $f$ is reducible. Proof: By the Fundamental theorem of algebra there are $\lambda _j \in \mathbb C$ such that $$f(x) = (x-\lambda_1) ...
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existence of roots for a general function over the complex plane

For some more general functions other than polynomials, are there any fixed conditions for the existence of roots in a general sense? For instance, function like $z\mathrm{sin}z-1$
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Can $\sin(\pi/25)$ be expressed in radicals

I suspect that sin(pi/25) is not expressible in elementary forms in radicals because it is the root of some quintic (or rather cos(pi/25) is). Can anyone prove that that particular quintic has no ...
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polynomials root finding [on hold]

Is every root of a polynomial of positive integer degree n, and with a rational coefficients is considered algebraic number? and how one can find some roots to this polynomial ...
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How to find out if a sequence with exponentiation in fraction is convergent

I need to find the convergence of this function: $\sum^{\infty}_{x=1}{\frac{(x+1)^{x^2}}{x^{x^2}2^x}}$ Now my problem is, I have no clue how to do this (I tried the root-test and it did not work ...
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Finding the biggest solution of $x^{a}-x^{a-1}-1=0, a\geqslant 3$

consider $$ x^{a}-x^{a-1}-1=0,~~a\geq 3. $$ I would like to know if it is possible to say what is the biggest (i.e. in absolute value) root. Maybe it is possible, maybe not, do not know. Do you ...
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Finding common roots to a variable number of functions

I am trying to solve the following problem. Given $a\in\mathbb R^n$, $u\in\mathbb{R}^n$, $m\in\mathbb{N}^\star$, Find the/some common roots $(t_1,...,t_m)$ of the $\frac{m(m-1)}{2}$ ...
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Solving equations with exponentials and a non-exponential term.

I know how to solve exponential equations. Just use logarithms, e.g., $$ 2^x-3=0 \\ 2^x=3 \\ x=log_23 \\ $$ But on a recent math test I found an equation of the form: $$ 2^{n-3}=\frac {20}{n} $$ ...
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Root of $(x+a)^{x+a}=x^{x+2a}$ and $e$

Let us denote solution to the equation $$(x+a)^{x+a}=x^{x+2a}$$ with $X_a$. ($a$ is a non-zero real number) Prove that: $$\lim_ {a \to 0} X_a = e$$ This is something that ...
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Roots of a Cubic Polynomial with Elementary Symmetric Polynomial Coefficients

Let $R_n$ be a set of $n$ distinct nonzero rational numbers. Let $e_k$ be elementary symmetric polynomials over $R_n$---i.e. $e_0=1$, $e_1 = \sum_{1\le i\le n} r_i$, $e_2 = \sum_{1\le i<j\le n} r_i ...
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How to find the positive and negative roots of a function?

Iam trying to solve the following question: Find all numbers $a$, such that the equation $x^2-ax-a = 0$ has one positive root and one negative root. I've tried it already but I cannot seem to ...
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Trigonometric root of a polynomial

If $4\cos^2 \left(\dfrac{k\pi}{j}\right)$ is the greatest root of the equation $$x^3-7x^2+14x-7=0$$ where $\gcd(k,j)=1$ Evaluate $k+j$ I tried factorizing the equation but it wasn't ...
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Prove $f=1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n$ has no multiple roots.

Prove $f=1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n$ has no multiple roots. My attempt: Consider the polynomial $g=(x-1)(1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n)$ As $f\mid g, g$ all the roots of $f$ are roots of $g$. This means I ...
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What are the values of $p$ so that equation $x^3+(p-2)x^2+(5-2p)x-10=0$ has exactly $2$ real roots…

I found this question in a maths-group in Facebook- What are the values of $p$ so that equation $x^3+(p-2)x^2+(5-2p)x-10=0$ has exactly $2$ real roots........ I think we do not count repeated roots ...
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Number of complex roots of a degree 6 polynomial

Given some degree 6 polynomial $f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$, is there any invariant of the polynomial (depending on the coefficents) that will tell you if this polynomial has 6 complex roots or just 2 ...
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AS Maths simplify

A question in my AS Exam this morning was simply, Simplify $(5\sqrt5)^3$ I tried $(5\sqrt5 \cdot 5\sqrt5)^2$ and ended with $5^4$. Is that correct? I think it's completely wrong, but it'd be awesome ...
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Two-term asymptotic approximation for roots of a polynomial (dominant balance)

I'm trying to find the roots to the following equation: $t^5 - \epsilon t^3 + \epsilon^3 = 0$ as $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$. From expansion $t= \epsilon^{\alpha}t_1 + \epsilon^{2\alpha}t_2 + ...
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Zeros of weighted sum of two Bessel functions

Just a simple and very tentative query to alleviate my seemingly futile internet digging: is there anything known on the structure of the entire function given by \begin{equation} ...
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Distinct roots of $z^n-z$

How would we prove that for any positive integer $n$ the complex roots of $z^n-z$ are all distinct? In the case that $n=1,2,3$ I have factored it directly but how can we do it in general?
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Roots of serie $\sum_{i=1}^N \frac{a_i + b_i \log(c_i - x)}{c_i - x}$

I encountered the following serie during an optimization problem: $\sum_{i=1}^N \frac{a_i + b_i \log(c_i - x)}{c_i - x}$ I need to find the roots of that serie, but I cannot find the way to find a ...
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Prove that the line integral on $\beta$ of $f'(z)/f(z) = (A-B)/2 \pi i$ using Rouche's Theorem

Suppose that $\alpha$ is a regular closed contour. $f$, our function, lacks zeros and poles on $\beta$ and if A=the number of zeros of f inside $\beta$ (a zero of order n is counted n times) and B= ...
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If $p>0$ demonstrate that the $1/2\pi i$ the line integral of $z^p f'(z)/f(z)$ is $\sum (z_k)^p$

This is basically a deviation of Rouche's Theorem from what I can tell. My first instinct was to do this via induction in which we know that $p=0$ we would have Rouche's theorem. But it gets ...
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Approximating non-rational roots by a rational roots for a quadratic equation

Let $a,b,c$ be integers and suppose the equation $f(x)=ax^2+bx+c=0$ has an irrational root $r$. Let $u=\frac p q$ be any rational number such that $|u-r|<1$. Prove that $\frac 1 {q^2} \leq |f(u)| ...
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Laguerre theorem

I'm looking for a proof of the theorem 7, page 6, of this document : http://www.nipne.ro/rjp/2013_58_9-10/1428_1435.pdf Theorem 7 (E. Laguerre) Let $f \in \mathbb{R}[x]$ be a polynomial of degree ...
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Homework help on eigenvalues function minimization

so I actually have two separate questions which are homework bonuses for my numerical methods course. Unfortunately, because of the time of the semester, our TAs are not available so I don't have many ...
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Find the number of roots of a polynomial using Rouche's Theorem

Use Rouche's theorem to find the number of roots of the polynomial $z^5+3z^2+1$ in the anulus $1<|z|<2$. I am looking for a solution to this problem. My thoughts: This is a topic that ...
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Let $p$ be a prime number $\ge2$ and $u = \cos\left(\frac 2p\pi\right)+i\sin\left(\frac2p\pi\right) \in \mathbb C$. Prove that …

Let $p$ be a prime number $\ge2$ and $u = \cos\left(\frac 2p\pi\right)+i\sin\left(\frac2p\pi\right) \in \mathbb C$. Prove that $u$ is root of $f(x)=x^{p-1}+x^{p}+...+x+1$. I know that $f(x)$ is ...
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Show that the polynomial $x^8 -x^7 +x^2 -x +15$ has no real root. [duplicate]

Please check if my method is correct. Solution : Let $$f(x) = x^8 - x^7 + x^2 -x +15 $$ Now, let $g(x)= x^8 -x^7=x^7(x - 1)$ and $h(x)= x^2 -x=x(x-1)$. Thus, $$f(x)=g(x) + h(x) + 15$$ On analyzing ...
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Show that some of the root of the polynomial is not real.

\begin{equation*} p(x)=a_nx^n+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\dots+a_3x^3+x^2+x+1. \end{equation*} All the coefficients are real. Show that some of the roots are not real. I don't have any idea how to do this, I ...
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Number of ordered pairs of $(p,q)$ [duplicate]

Let $x^2-px+q=0$ and $x^2-qx+p=0$ have unequal integral roots where $p$ and $q$ are natural numbers. Find the number of ordered pairs $(p,q)$ for which this is possible. I do understand that roots ...
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Find the roots of the polynomial? (Cardano's Method)

$y^3-\frac7{12}y-\frac7{216}$ This is part of Cardano's method, so I've gotten my first root to be: $y_1=\sqrt[3]{\frac7{432}+i\sqrt{\frac{49}{6912}}}+\sqrt[3]{\frac7{432}-i\sqrt{\frac{49}{6912}}}$ ...
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Showing that an equation has a root in an interval

Show that the equation $x^4 - 7x^3 + 1 = 0$ has a root in the interval $[0,1]$. How would I go about working this out in steps?
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Prove $p(x)>0$ for $x>b$

This is a question from a past paper which I have no solution to. Let $p(x)=x^n + a_{1}x^{n-1}+\cdots+a_{n-1}x+a_{n}, n\geq 1$ be a polynomial of dgree n and let $b=1+|a_{1}|+\cdots ...
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$\int\limits_{0}^{32/9}\sqrt{1+\frac{9x}{4}}dx$

Question : Solve $\int\limits_{0}^{32/9}\sqrt{1+\frac{9x}{4}}dx$ My Try: Let u = $1+\frac{9x}{4}$ Then, $$du = \frac{9x}{4}dx$$ $$dx = \frac{4du}{9}$$ Substituting the above in the main ...
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Prove that $f(x)=x$ can have at most one solution if $f'(x)\ne1$

Prove that $f(x)=x$ can have at most one solution if $f'(x)\ne1$ What I did : Use $g(x) = f(x)-x$, then $g'(x) = f'(x)-1\ne0$ I suspect I have to use Rolle's theorem now, But I am having difficulty ...
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Is Vieta the only way out?

Let $a,b,c$ are the three roots of the equation $x^3-x-1=0$. Then find the equation whose roots are $\frac{1+a}{1-a}$,$\frac{1+b}{1-b}$,$\frac{1+c}{1-c}$. The only solution I could think of is by ...
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Location of the roots of $f'$ (Laguerre's theorem)

Let $f \in \mathbb{R}[X]$ be a polynomial of degree $n$ having $n$ distinct roots $a_1,...,a_n$. Let $b_1<...<b_{n-1}$ be the roots of its derivative $f'$ (note that $b_i \in ]a_{i}, a_{i+1}[$ ...
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Positive Zeroes within a Polynomial

Question: Let $a,b>0.$ Can the polynomial $$x^{10} − x^7 + 2x^5 + ax^3 − bx + 1$$ have exactly three (counting multiplicity) positive zeroes? Can it have three simple positive zeroes together with ...
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Confusion about exponents like ${x^m}^{(1/n)}$.

I've been reading this post. It says that $\sqrt[m]{x^n} = x^{n\frac 1m}=x^{\frac mn}=x$ if $m=n$. Let's take $x=-2$, and $m=n=2$. Now we have, $\sqrt[2]{(-2)^2}=\sqrt[2]{4}=2$ But according to that ...
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Extreme point of quadratic equation

For the below question read here: Write a function quadratic that returns the interval of all values $f(t)$ such that $t$ is in the argument interval $x$ and $f(t)$ is a quadratic function: ...
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Exist another method to solve the problem?

We have $x_1,\:x_2,\:x_3\:\in \:\mathbb{C},\:\:f=x^3+x^2+mx+m,\:m\in \mathbb{R}$. We need to find $m\in\mathbb{R}$ such that $|x_1|=|x_2|=|x_3|$. Here is what I tried: $f=x^3+x^2+mx+m=(x^2+m)(x+1)$, ...
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Is the LUB and GLB always at the most 1 unit away from a root? [closed]

In a polynomial, like $x^4+x^3-18x^2-16x+32$, is the LUB and GLB always at the most 1 unit away from a root? Foe example, is there any case where the greatest root is at (1,0) and the LUB is at 5? ...
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How to evaluate real root of a polynomial equation? [closed]

If $\alpha$ is a real root of the polynomial equation $$300x^{299}+299x^4+343x^3+23x+300=0$$ Then how to find out the value of $[\alpha]\space $ where, '$[ \space]$' denotes greatest integer? I have ...
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Zeroes of sin(x)

Consider the function f = $\sin(x)$ defined as $$ \sin(x) = \frac{e^{ix}- e^{-ix}}{2i} $$ How to prove that the only zeroes of this function lie on the line $i = 0$ in the complex plane and ...
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“root” of a right-continuous function

Suppose $f:[0,1] \longrightarrow [-1,1]$ is a right-continuous function such that $f(0) < 0$, $f(1) > 0$, and $f$ only changes sign once in the interval $[0,1]$. Suppose we define the "root" of ...