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### What is the (currently) optimal root finding algorithm for multivariate functions? [closed]

Let's say we wish to find the roots of the function: $f(x,y,\cdots) = 0 \;,$ so, for a minimal example: $xy - 1 = 0 \; .$ I know there are different methods to solve this problem for the ...
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### Problem getting the real roots of this complex expression

I'm trying to get the real roots of this expression: $$\dfrac{1}{z-i}+\dfrac{2+i}{1+i} = \sqrt{2}$$ Where $i^2=-1$ and $z=x+iy$. I tried to simplify that with Algebra, and then separate the real ...
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### Find zero of sum of 4 modified Bessel functions

I am trying to find the (positive) root of the function $f(x) = I_{-3/4}(x) + I_{3/4}(x) - I_{-1/4}(x) - I_{1/4}(x)$ where $I_\alpha(x)$ denotes the modified Bessel function of the first kind. ...
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### How do I solve the trigonometric equation $\sec^3x - 2 \tan^2 x = 2$? [closed]

A friend asked to me how could she resolve this equation, but I don't know how to resolve it?? Could you help me?. The equation is : $\sec^3x - 2 \tan^2 x = 2$ Note: She told me that I can use ...
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### Number of distinct real roots with $e^{-x}$ in the equation

How to find the number of distinct real roots of the equation $$13x^{13}-e^{-x}-1=0$$ I know that we generally find number of real roots by observing number of sign changes in $f(x)$ and $f(-x)$ but ...
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### Find the maximum value of $\sqrt{x^4-3x^2-6x+13} - \sqrt{x^4-x^2+1}$

If $x\in\mathbb{R}$ find the maximum value of $$\sqrt{x^4-3x^2-6x+13} - \sqrt{x^4-x^2+1}$$ I tried this: Let $$y= \sqrt{x^4-3x^2-6x+13} - \sqrt{x^4-x^2+1}$$ For maxima ...
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### Using sum/product of quadratic roots to solve cubic equation

Given $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are the roots of the quadratic equation $6x^2 + 2x - 3 = 0$, how do I find the value of: $$\alpha^3 + \beta^3$$ and: $$\frac{1}{\alpha^3} + \frac{1}{\beta^3}$$ ...
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### Given roots (real and complex), find the polynomial

This is not a duplicate of theory of equations finding roots from given polynomial. Given that the roots (both real and complex) of a polynomial are $\frac{2}{3}$, $-1$, $3+\sqrt2i$, and $3+\sqrt2i$, ...
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### roots of sum of exponential functions

Could anyone point me in the right direction of finding the roots of equations of the form $$\sum_{i=1}^n a_ie^{f_i(x)},$$ where $a_i \in \mathbb{R}$ and the $f_i$ are each first degree polynomials ...
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### Methods for solving equations with exponents?

In the following equation, capital letters represent arbitrary real numbers that are constant with respect to $x$: $$A\left(x+B\right)\left(1 + \frac{C}{x+D}\right)^E + Fx + G = 0$$ I'm trying to ...
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### Find the maximum possible value.

For all ordered triples $(p,q,r)$ define the polynomial $$f_{p,q,r}(x)=x^3-px^2+qx-r$$ Let $a_{1},a_{2},a_{3},b_{1},b_{2},b_{3},c_{1},c_{2},c_{3}$ be (not necessarily distinct) positive reals such ...
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### Solving Equation of Degree n, where n is any value between 1 and 2

How does one solve an equation of the form: $$ax^n + bx + c = 0$$ where n is a non integer value between 1 and 2. Is there a formula to provide an analytic solution?
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### Solve $x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$

Solve for real $x$ $$x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$$ By inspection, $x=2$ is a root of this equation. So, I squared both sides and divided the six degree polynomial obtained by $x-2$. Then I got a ...
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### Polynomial $p(a) = 1$, why does it have at most 2 integer roots?

The question that I am trying to answer is : Suppose is $p(x)$ is a polynomial with integer coefficients. Show that if $p(a) = 1$ for some integer a then $p(x)$ has at most two integer roots. I have ...
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### How to find all solutions of $4^x-3^x=1$?

I have problem with equation: $4^x-3^x=1$. So at once we can notice that $x=1$ is a solution to our equation. But is it the only solution to this problem? How to show that there aren't any other ...
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### $P(x)=x^5+ax^4+bx^3+cx^2+dx+e$ has roots $1,2,3,4$ and $k$. Find $P(5) -P(0)$.

A polynomial $P(x)$ with leading coefficient $1$ is of degree $5$, and its distinct roots are $1, 2, 3, 4$ and $k$. Find the value of $P(5) -P(0)$. I have no clue on what my initial steps should be.
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### Game of polynomials

Written on a blackboard is the polynomial $x^2+x+2014$.Calvin and Peter take turns alternatively (starting with Calvin) in the following game. During his turn, Calvin should either increase or ...
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### Find the value of $m + n + r$

One of the roots of the equation $2000x^6+100x^5+10x^3+x-2=0$ is of the form $\frac{m+\sqrt{n}}r$ ,where $m$ is non zero integer and $n$ and $r$ are relatively prime numbers.Then the value of $m+n+r$ ...
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### Substitution to linear + nth power form

Given an arbitrary polynomial: $$a_0 + a_1x + a_2x^2 ... a_nx^n$$ Does there exist a series of substitutions (or single substitution if you choose to combine them) that leaves this function in the ...
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### How can I solve $y^{3}-3y^{2}+2=0$?

I am stuck at this equation $y^{3}-3y^{2}+2=0$. How do I solve it without calculator? It might be very trivial so I think I just need a hint. It is actually a substitution $y=\log x$,but I think it ...
I've given my class an example: $$2x^3+3x^2+6x+4=0$$ By the rational root theorem, if there is a rational root then it should be of the form $\frac{p}{q}$ where $p$ is a factor of 4 and $q$ is a ...