Questions about the set of values at which a given function evaluates to zero. For questions about "square roots", "cube roots", and such, consider using the (radicals) and (arithmetic) tag. For questions about roots of Lie algebras, use the (lie-algebra) tag instead.

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Cube root equations 1

$$E_{1} : \sqrt[3]{1+z}-\sqrt[3]{1-z}=\sqrt[6]{1-z^{2}} $$ Let $a=\sqrt[3]{1+z}$ and $b=\sqrt[3]{1-z}$ $E_1$ is equivalent to $E_2$ : $$ E_2:\ ...
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Polynomial with one rational root or one imaginary root

In my textbook there is an example where we have to find all the roots of $2x^3-5x^2+4x-1$. After applying the Rational Root Theorem we can conclude that $1$ and $1/2$ are two solutions to this ...
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Is it true that $\gamma_{\lfloor\log\Gamma(x)\rfloor}\sim 2\pi x$?

I realise that Gram points can approximate the imaginary part on the $x$th zeta zero $(\gamma_x)$ accurately, and indeed, Guilherme França, André LeClair give another formula, namely ...
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How to prove the uniqueness of a specific root?

Let us define: $$F(x):=\int_0^Tf(t)\cos(x\,t)dt-\frac{\sin(T_0\,x)}{T_0\,x}$$ where: 1). $0<T_0<T \in\mathbb{R}^+$ are both positive real constants, and 2). $0\leqslant f(x)\in C^{\infty}$ ...
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Roots of a polynomial with one parameter

Let $P$ be the polynomial defined by $P (Z) = Z^{4}-aZ^{2} +1$ Calculate $P\left(\sqrt{\dfrac{a}{2}}\right)$ and deduce the number of real roots of $P$ as the case $a = 2$, $a >2$ or $a ...
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How many roots has the equation?

Let $f(x)=x^3-3x+1$. How many roots has the equation: $f(f(x))=0$? I tried to solve it graphically and found 7 roots. If there exists analytical solution?
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Asymptotic behavior of the solution to an equation

Let $c\in(0,1)$ be a constant and let $k$ be a positive odd integer, and let $a(k)$ denote the value of $a$ that satisfies the equation $$(1-a)^kk\sqrt{a}=c$$. As $k\rightarrow\infty$, what can we ...
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Find the condition on b so that 6th degree polynomial has at least three real roots

Most of the questions on this site ask: Given a polynomial, how to find the number of real roots. My question is: given a 6th degree polynomial $P_b(x)$: (b lies between 1 and 4) ...
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I want to get a formula for solving this

If $abc = n$ where $a,b,c,n\in \mathbb{N}$ then can you derive a formula to find the total number of triples of a,b,c as such? eg : $abc = 12$ has $4$ such triples, ...
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Finding roots with seemingly no algebraic way

I have a graph of: $$y = \frac{x^3 + 2x^2 - 4}{x^2}$$ and I have to find the x-intercept. So I have the equation $(x^2)(x+2)-4 = 0$ And then I don't know what to do. Not sure if we can use ...
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How many zero's does a general real entire function $f(z)$ have?

Let $f(z)$ be a real entire function. How do we find the number of solutions for $f(w)=0$ ? Can we express the number of zero's of $f$ in terms of its Taylor coëfficiënts ? Im not looking for the ...
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Average Number of Roots of a Polynomial modulo p

Let $f \in \mathbb{Z}[X]$ be an irreducible non-constant polynomial, and consider this polynomial modulo $p$ for each prime $p$. On average, how many roots does $f$ have modulo $p$? I.e., if $r(p)$ ...
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How can I show why this equation has no complex roots?

I've been asked to show why an equation has no complex roots but i'm at a complete loss. The equation is $F_{n+2}=F_n$ Where $F_n=(x-1)(x-2)...(x-n)$ and n is a positive integer. I'd really ...
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Polynomial of Degree 3 Solutions [duplicate]

If $p(x) \in F[x]$ is of degree $3$, and $p(x)=a_0+a_1x+a_2x^2+a_3x^3$, show that $p(x)$ is irreducible over $F$ if there is no element $r\in F$ such that $a_0+a_1r+a_2r^2+a_3r^3 =0$. If $p(x)$ is ...
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Existence of a root

Let $f:[a,b] \rightarrow \Bbb R$ continuous, such that for every $x$ there is a $y$ such as that $|f(y)|\leq|f(x)|/2$. Show there exists a $\xi$ such that $f(\xi)=0$
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Finding complex roots of integer polynomials

How would one find approximates for complex root of polynomial with integer coefficients,I know for example the Newton's method $$x_n=x_{n-1}-\frac{f(x_{n-1})}{f'(x_{n-1})}$$ Anyway is it possible to ...
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Difference between the complex roots of $f(x)$ and $|f(x)|^2$

I suppose a basic question, but it's causing me more problems than I envisioned! I have some polynomial $f(x)$ for which the roots are complex, $x+iy$. How will these roots change if I now take ...
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The number of solutions of $z^5+2z^3-z^2+z=a$ for $a\in \mathbb{R}$

How we can calculate the number of solutions of $$z^5+2z^3-z^2+z=a\;\;,\;\;a\in \mathbb{R}$$ in the half-plane $\mathfrak {Re}(z)\ge 0$. Any hint would be appreciated.
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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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Upper and lower bounds for the smallest zero of a function

The function $G_m(x)$ is what I encountered during my search for approximates of Riemann $\zeta$ function: $$f_n(x)=n^2 x\left(2\pi n^2 x-3 \right)\exp\left(-\pi n^2 x\right)\text{, ...
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How to solve $\displaystyle x=\sqrt{4+\sqrt{4-\sqrt{4+\sqrt{4-x}}}}$ for $x$?

How to solve $\displaystyle x=\sqrt{4+\sqrt{4-\sqrt{4+\sqrt{4-x}}}}$ for $x$? I tried this way: Let $$f(x)=\sqrt{4+\sqrt{4-x}}$$ So, $x=f^2(x)=f^{2n}(x)$ where $n\in\mathbb{N}$. Then, I tried to ...
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Zeros of quadratic form of vectors

I have a set of vectors defined as $[\mathbf{v}(x)]_n = e^{jn\pi x}; \quad n = 0 ~\text{to}~ (N-1)$ where $\mathbf{v}$ is an $N \times 1$ vector, $j$ is $\sqrt{-1}$, and $-1 \leq x < 1$. For a ...
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Do perfect polynomials of degree $4$ exist?

I asked this question already, but I cannot find it anymore. If it is a duplicate, I will delete it. Is there a polynomial $$p(x)=x^4+ax^3+bx^2+cx+d$$ such that p and all the derivates upto the ...
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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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Counting Zeros of complex functions in the upper half plane

I have a question about counting zeros. Here it goes Given $f(x)= i z^5+z-2010$. Find the number of zeros of $f$ in the upper half plane $\operatorname{Im}(z)>0$. I have tried to use the Argument ...
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Do polynomials $ P(t)$ of an odd degree have at least one real root belong to $(t-a)Q(t)$?

This is a continuation of a question where ker(T) = (t-a)Q(t) = P(t). Show that {P(t) ∈ R[t] | deg(P(t)) = 3} ⊂ $∪_{a∈R}$ker(T). So the mark scheme says that all polynomials in R[t] of an odd ...
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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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Marking the roots of a quadratic function in Scilab

I have 2D plotted a simple quadratic function in Scilab and now have to mark the roots with an X. Is there any simple way of doing that? I have written a function that calculates the roots and ...
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Entire function with zeros of even multiplicity is the square of another entire function

Let $f: \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ be an entire function such that the multiplicity of each of its zeros is even. Must there exist an entire $g$ such that $f(z) = g(z)^{2}$? Progress I ...
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Conjecture: Tract version of Gauss--Lucas Theorem for higher derivatives.

The Gauss--Lucas Theorem states that all zeros of a degree $n$ complex polynomial $p(z)$ are contained in the convex hull of the zeros of $p$. By iteration, this implies that the zeros of ...
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Proof that $\sqrt[m]{a} + \sqrt[n]{b}$ is irrational

Is there a way to prove that $\sqrt[m]{a} + \sqrt[n]{b}$ ($\sqrt[m]{a}$ and $\sqrt[n]{b}$ are irrational); $a, b, m, n \in \mathbb{N}$; $m, n \neq 2$; is irrational without using the theorem mentioned ...
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Number of irrational roots of the equation $3^x8^{\frac{x}{x+1}}=36$

Find the number of irrational solutions of the equation $$3^x8^{\frac{x}{x+1}}=36.$$
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Find polynomial whose root is sum of roots of other polynomials

We have two numbers $\alpha$ and $\beta$. We know that $\alpha$ is root of polynomial $P_n(x)$ of degree $n$ and $\beta$ is root of polynomial $Q_m(x)$ of degree $m$. How do you find polynomial $R_{n ...
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Show that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using the integer root theorem

Show that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using integer root theorem. Let $P(x)=x^2-2$. Since $\sqrt{2}$ is a root of this polynomial, had it been a rational (suppose $\sqrt{2}=\frac{p}{q}$) no, by ...
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Multiplicity of roots in finite fields of order prime. [closed]

I am having trouble with completing this question from last years exam (part a and d) Let p be a prime, and $f = x^5-1 = (X-1)(X^4+X^3+X^2+X+1) \in \mathbb{F}_p[X]$ Show: (a) if $p\neq 5$ then every ...
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Connection with golden ratio?

Consider the following problem: Let $p\in\mathbb{Z}[x]$ be a polynomial with integer coefficient. Suppose that the leading coefficient is 1, all roots are real and in $(0, 3)$. Find all ...
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How to obtain the number of real valued zeroes of a polynomial?

While I know there's no analytical formula for the roots of a general polynomial of degree five and higher, I wonder whether there is at least something like a parabola's discriminant to determine how ...
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Integer roots to cubic equation

If I have a cubic equation $x^3 + ax^2 + bx + c = 0$, what constraints exist on $a,b,c$ when we have three integer solutions? How do I choose $a,b,c$ to force integer solutions?
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What are the roots of $\sin(ax) + \sin((a + 2)x)$?

I was playing around with $\sin(5x) + \sin(7x)$, wondering where the roots of the function are. I graphed it on wolframalpha and from the list of solutions I guessed that the solutions to $\sin(5x) + ...
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If $f$ is the limit of polynomials with only real zeros, then all zeros of $f$ are real

Problem Let $f$ be a non-constant entire function. Suppose that there is a sequence of polynomials ${P_n(z)}$, $n=1,2,...$ such that $P_n(z)$ converges uniformly to $f$ on every bounded set ...
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Is it possible to calculate the roots of the difference between successive terms of this polynomial series $\rm{P}_n (x)=x\rm{P}_{n-1}-r\rm{P}_{n-2}$

Consider the polynomial series defined by the following recursion formula: $$ \begin{align} &\mathrm{P}_0 = 1 \\ &\mathrm{P}_1 = x-r \\ &\mathrm{P}_n = x\mathrm{P}_{n-1} - ...
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Limit solution to a transcendental equation

Let $n\ge 1$ be a positive integer. The question is to solve the following transcendental equation: \begin{equation} \left(1+q\right)^{2 n} = \frac{\sqrt{\pi}}{2} \frac{1-q}{\sqrt{q}} \sqrt{n} ...
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Roots of this trigonometric polynomial

Let $f:[0,2\pi) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ with $f(x):=\sum_{n=0}^{k}a_n \left(1+\cos(x)\right)^n$ for arbitrary $a_n$ with $a_k \neq 0$. My question is: What is the maximum number of zeros that this ...
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Gaps between roots of trigonometric polynomials?

Given a polynomial in $e^{\mathrm{i}k t}$ of the form $$ p(t) = \sum_{-n\leq k\leq n} c_k e^{\mathrm{i}k t} $$ with $\bar c_{-k} = c_k$, is there a good way of characterising how close its roots can ...
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Solving a Perturbed Cubic Equation

Consider a cubic equation $(1 + \epsilon)x^3 - 2ax^2 + (a - 3\epsilon)x + 2\epsilon = 0$ where $\epsilon > 0$ and $a \gg 1$. In the limit of $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$, $x(x^2 - 2ax + a) = 0$ so ...
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Roots of polynomial of degree 6

I'm struggling to find the complex roots of $x^6-9x^3+8 = 0$. I've managed to find the real roots (1 and 2) by letting a variable, say $α = x^3$ and substituting where relevant, leading to a ...
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Checking tolerance of Newton-Raphson method to calculate square root

Finding the square root of $c$ is finding the solution to: $$x^2 - c = 0.0$$ We can use Newton's method to successively approximate the solution. My question is how to check whether we are within ...
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Roots of $\tan x - x$

The function $\tan x - x$ has exactly one root $x_n$ in the interval $(n\pi, (n + \frac{1}{2})\pi)$. Show that $$x_n = n\pi + \frac{\pi}{2} - \frac{1}{n\pi} + r_n$$ where $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty} n ...
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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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Sum of Non Real Roots of Quartic?

Consider $$f(x)=8x^4-16x^3+16x^2-8x+k=0$$ where $k \in \mathbb{R}$,then find sum of non Real roots of f(x). My approach: we have $$f'(x)=32x^3-48x^2+32x-8=0$$ Also ...