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Using elementary polynomials to solve system of linear polynomials

Problem Statement I am given a finite set of monic polynomials in t, parameterized by $r_i$ $X_i = t - r_i$ where the $r_i$ are guaranteed unique. Neither $t$ nor $r_i$ are known, only $X_i$. I ...
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Elementary Symmetric Polynomials, Roots of cubic polynomials

I'm given $a_1, a_2, a_3$ as roots of the equation $x^3 + 7x^2 - 8x + 3$ and need to find the cubic polynomials with roots $a_1^2, a_2^2, a_3^3$ and $\frac{1}{a_1}, \frac{1}{a_2}, \frac{1}{a_3}$. ...
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If $\alpha_1, \alpha_2, \alpha_3, \alpha_4$ are roots of $x^4 +(2-\sqrt{3})x^2 +2+\sqrt{3}=0$ …

Problem : If $\alpha_1, \alpha_2, \alpha_3, \alpha_4$ are roots of $x^4 +(2-\sqrt{3})x^2 +2+\sqrt{3}=0$ then the value of $(1-\alpha_1)(1-\alpha_2)(1-\alpha_3)(1-\alpha_4)$ is (a) 2$\sqrt{3}$ ...
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Existence of a Root of Elementary Monomials

Let $m_\lambda(X_1(t),X_2(t),...X_N(t))$ be a monomial symmetric function with partition $\lambda$. For example: $$ m_{(3,1,1)}(X_1(t),X_2(t),...X_N(t)) =X_1^3X_2X_3 + X_1X_2^3X_3 + X_1X_2X_3^3 $$ ...
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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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Sum of cubed roots

I need to calculate the sums $$x_1^3 + x_2^3 + x_3^3$$ and $$x_1^4 + x_2^4 + x_3^4$$ where $x_1, x_2, x_3$ are the roots of $$x^3+2x^2+3x+4=0$$ using Viete's formulas. I know that ...
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Why does the discriminant of a cubic polynomial being less than 0 indicate complex roots?

The discriminant $\Delta = 18abcd - 4b^3d + b^2 c^2 - 4ac^3 - 27a^2d^2$ of the cubic polynomial $ax^3 + bx^2 + cx+ d$ indicates not only if there are repeated roots when $\Delta$ vanishes, but also ...