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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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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The function $f'+f'''$ has at least $3$ zeros on $[0,2\pi]$.

Show that if $f\in \mathcal{C}^3$ and $2\cdot\pi$ periodic then the function $f'+f'''$ has at least $3$ zeros on $[0,2\pi]$. My attempt : f is $2\pi$ periodic and $\mathcal{C}^3$, we have : ...
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Information about the roots of a polynomial without their calculation

Suppose I have a polynomial (of any order) and I'm not able to calculate the roots. Is there a way to get at least some information about the roots such as how many of them are complex, negative or ...
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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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$p_n(x)=p_{n-1}(x)+p_{n-1}^{\prime}(x)$, then all the roots of $p_k(x)$ are real

$p_0(x)=a_mx^m+a_{m-1}x^{m-1}+\dotsb+a_1x+a_0(a_m,\dotsc,a_1,a_0\in\Bbb R)$ is a polynomial, and $$p_n(x)=p_{n-1}(x)+p_{n-1}^{\prime}(x),\qquad n=1,2,\dotsc$$ then, there exist $N\in\Bbb N$, such ...
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Using argument principle on $e^z + z$

I want to use the argument principle to estimate the number of zeros of $e^z + z$ inside the rectangle with sides $y=2\pi n i, 2 \pi (n+1)i$ and $x = R, -R$ for $R$ large. But $\int \frac {e^z + ...
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Ideas on how to proceed with a proof?

Sorry if this is a nonspecific question - I can provide more details but at this point I need general ideas on a proof strategy. So I recently reduced a rather difficult optimization problem to ...
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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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Show quadratic equation has two distinct real roots.

$x^2 - (5-k) x + (k+2) = 0 $ has two distinct real roots. So, in the markscheme of this question, they take the discriminant ($-b^2 + 4ac$) and say it is greater than 0. That is, $( (-(5-k)^2 - ...
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Find $\lfloor {\alpha}^6 \rfloor$

If $\alpha$ is a real root of the equation $$x^5-x^3+x-2=0$$ find the value of $\lfloor {\alpha}^6 \rfloor$. This one totally stumped me. We are asked to calculate $\lfloor {\alpha}^6 ...
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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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How to solve the following? $ x^3+1=2{(2x-1)}^{1/3} $.

Find all the real solutions of $$x^3+1=2{(2x-1)}^{1/3} $$ I tried to cube both sides but got messed up with a nine degree equation! Please help. Thanks in advance!
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prove that the next two affirmations are equivalent

prove that the next two affirmations are equivalent : 1) every non constant $f(x)\in \mathbb C[x]$ has all of its roots in $\mathbb C$ 2)every non constant $f(x)\in \mathbb C[x]$ has at least one ...
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Finding all the roots from a complex equation

I'm struggling a lot with complex numbers recently. How do I find all the roots for equations like: (1) $\cos z = 3$ (2) $e^{2z} = -e$ (3) $e^z+6e^{-z} = 5$ Thanks
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how to find the roots of: $x^{3}+6x^{2}-24x+160$ if one root is $2-2(3)^{1/2}i$

how to find all the roots of the next two polinomials?: $x^{3}+6x^{2}-24x+160$ if one root is $2-2(3)^{1/2}i$ and $x^{5}-3x^{4}+4x^{3}-4x+4$ if $1+i$ is a double root I don´t know how to solve this, ...
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Let $f(x)\in K[x]$ ($K$ field). Prove that if $(f(x),f´(x))=1$ (greatest common divisor is 1) then $f(x)$ does not have multiple roots in $K$

Please I would like you to tell me if my proof is correct Let $f(x)\in K[x]$ ($K$ field). Prove that if $(f(x),f´(x))=1$ (greates common divisor is 1) then $f(x)$ does not have multiple roots in $K$ ...
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Finding zero of function which is a real number

Is there an easier way of finding or approximating the x-axis-intersect of this function: $$ 0=x^3-3x^2+x+3 $$ The approximate solution is: $$ x=-0.76929 $$ and the precise solution is: $$ x=1 - ...
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zeros of a polynomial

Given $P(z)=z^6+6z+10$, find how many roots are in each quadrant I have already seen that $P(z)$ has six different roots, and that none of them are real or of the form $ki$, $k\in \Bbb R$. Since ...
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Root of equation, solvability

I was trying to solve the following equation for t $$(P\cdot l \cdot \exp(-l\cdot t) + R \cdot l \cdot \exp(-l \cdot t))/t + (P \cdot \exp(-l \cdot t) + R \cdot (\exp(-l \cdot t) - 1))/t^2 = 0 $$ ...
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Application of Rouché's (Rouche's) Theorem to a Polynomial

Here is my question: State Rouché's theorem. How many roots of the polynomial $p(z) = z^8 + 3 z^7 + 6 z^2 + 1$ are contained in the annulus {$1 < |z| < 2$}? The statement is fine. I then ...
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Simple Pole Search

How do I find poles of: $H(z) = \dfrac{z^3}{z^3+\alpha}$. I know I must find the z values that do $z^3 = -\alpha$. I know how to do it in Matlab (with "residuez" function) but, how can i solve this ...
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Set of Solutions of A Quadratic Equation with Coefficients in $\{0,1,\cdots , \ p-1\}$

I was just playing with quadratic equations and this interesting question came into my mind. Say I have a set of quadratic polynomials $S=\{f_{(b,c)}(x)=x^2+bx+c:b,c\in \{0,1,\cdots, p-1 \}\}$ where ...
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Cubic polynomial - radical expression of roots

Let $f=X^3+X^2-2X-1$ be a polynomial with the three roots $x_1,x_2,x_3$ with $x_1=2\text{cos}(\frac{2 \pi}{7})$. We define $z:=(x_1-x_2)(x_1-x_3)(x_2-x_3)$. I want to find a radical expression for ...
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Find roots of a function

$f$ is a function defined on the whole real line which has the property that $f(1+x)=f(2-x)$ for all $x$. Assume that the equation $f(x)=0$ has $8$ distinct real roots. Find the sum of these roots. I ...
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Find the rational roots of $x^{3}-{2x^{2}\over 3}+3x-2$

I need to find the rational roots of $$x^{3}-{2x^{2}\over 3}+3x-2$$ I thought about using descartes´ rational root theorem but I need to have integers as coefficients of my polynomial: can I work with ...
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Finding the scope of a parameter where a polynomial can have roots

I have this problem- lets say I have a polynomial which has real parameters as coefficients and I'm looking for the scope of the parameters where the polynomial can have real roots. e.g $x^2+kx+k$ we ...
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Is $\min \deg$ in a dirichlet subring interesting or is it always $1$?

Let $s \in C$. Let $D = A[[n^{-X}]]$ be a subring of the formal (or absolutely converging on a region; whatever is needed) Dirichlet series with base ring $A$. Define a minimal Dirichlet series for ...
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relation between the number of real roots of the derivative and the original polynomial

If the derivative of polynomial has n real roots then can we conclude that the original polynomial has to have n+1 real roots?
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conclusion about roots for positive derivative of a polynomial

If the derivative of a polynomial is always positive then what can we conclude about the number of real roots the original polynomial?
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Relation between the roots of $x^2+x+1$ and its derivative

If $f(x)$ is a polynomial in n degree and has $n$ real roots then is it necessary that $f'(x)$ has to have $n-1$ real roots? If this is so then $x^2+x+1$ has no real roots but the derivative of the ...
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it it possible to solve these equation for their root.

I am trying to solve an equations such as the roots of $$k*x(11*x + 1) + d*x(11x + 1)$$ has to match the roots of this function $$x^2 + 0.1x + 6 + k*x(11*x + 1) + d*x(11x + 1)$$, where I have to ...
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Tangent at average of two roots of cubic with one real and two complex roots

I was able to easily prove that the tangent at the average of two roots of a real cubic polynomial passed through the third root of the function. But I have only done this for functions with three ...
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$x^3+3x^2+4x+5=0$ and $x^3+2x^2+7x+3=0$, how many common roots they have?

My attempt, Equate both, at the end you will get $x^2-3x-2=0$ That means $x=-1$ and $x=2$. But what after that. Please provide solutions as well.
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Using Rouche's Theorem to find the number of zeros of $p(z)=z^8 +10z^3 −50z+1$ in the right halfplane

I'm studying for a complex analysis qualifying exam and was wondering if someone could help me out with this. I am not sure how to apply Rouche's Theorem to this. How many zeros does the polynomial ...
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Disk with root in center with no other roots in polynomial

Say we have a polynomial $p$ with roots $r_1,r_2...r_n$, I'm looking for a way to find a disk which, if placed on the center of any root, does not contain any other root (multiple roots considered as ...
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Prove that eventually Hannah and the other swimmer will settle into a pattern where they pass each other (Please refer to the context in my question)

From the 2014 Mathcamp quiz: Hannah is about to get into a swimming pool in which every lane already has one swimmer in it. Hannah wants to choose a lane in which she would have to encounter the other ...
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Finding a disk containing all roots of a complex polynomial

I'm trying to list all roots of a polynomial so I found this paper, in Part 9 on page 29 it gives a simple recipe to find all the roots. But there is this remark: We have assumed throughout the ...
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Bounding the Number of Roots of Integer Polynomial

Let $P(x)$ be a non constant polynomial in $\mathbb{Z[x]}$. Let $n$ be the number of roots of $P(x)^2-1 = 0$. Show $n \le \deg P+2$.
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Solve the equation $x^x=10^9$.

The main question was to solve $x\log_{10}{x}=9$. I reduced it to this equation. This is $x$ Degree equation. How to solve this? I know this can be solved by newton's method. But I am not getting how ...
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Is any of this true about infinite series of functions?

Let $f_n^+(x)$ be a sequence of non-negative functions $f_n^+: X \to \Bbb{R}_{\geq 0}$, such that each $f_n^+$ has countably many zeros. Then if $f(x) = \sum f_n^+(x)$ converges point-wise, the ...
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“Polynomials” with non-integer exponents

Are there some books or articles regarding "polynomials" with non-integer (real) exponents, i.e., $$f(x)=a_1x^{e_1}+a_2x^{e_2}+\dots+a_nx^{e_n},$$ where $e_1,e_2,\dots$ are any real numbers (and $x$ ...
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Do there exist $a_k$ and $b_k$ so the equation $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n} (a_k \sin(kx) + b_k \cos(kx)) = 0$ has no roots?

Do there exist real numbers $a_1, a_2, ..., a_n$ and $b_1, b_2, ..., b_n$ such that the equation $$\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n} (a_k \sin(kx) + b_k \cos(kx)) = 0$$ has no solutions?
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Describe the graph of f if the graph of its integral its given

Describe the graph of $f$ if the graph of its integral $g(t) = \int_{0}^{t} f(s) ds $ is: graphic of g graphic of f I analyze the derivative and the sign of the derivative and try to find ...
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Prove that $p(z) = 2z^5 + 6z - 1 $ have roots (in two sets)

Prove that $p(z) = 2z^5 + 6z - 1 $ have one real root in $(0,1)$ and four root in $\left\{ z \in \mathbb{C} : 1<|z|<2 \right\}$. I suppose that we should use Rouché's theorem but I have no ...
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Complex Analysis: Isolated Singularities, Poles, and Residues

I was given the following question. Show that the isolated singularities of the function $f(z) = \frac{z}{z^4+4}$ are poles. Determine the order of each pole and find the corresponding ...
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How to show that it holds $|z|<2\max_{0\le k<n}|a_k|^{\frac{1}{n-k}}$ for any root of $X^n+\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}a_kX^k$?

Let $z\in\mathbb{C}$ be a root of the complex polynomial $$f=X^n+\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}a_kX^k$$ I want to show that it holds $$|z|<2\max_{0\le k<n}|a_k|^{\frac{1}{n-k}}$$ Proof: For $s>1$, consider ...
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Polynomials such that roots=coefficients

Here is my question : Are there monic polynomials with degree $\geq 5$ such that they have the same real all non zero roots and coefficients ? Mathematically, prove or disprove the existence ...
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Show the Equation $2x-1-sinx=0$ has Exactly One Real Root

Question : Use the Intermediate Value Theorem and Mean Value Theorem to show that the queation $2x-1-sinx=0$ has exactly one root. My answer : Since we cannot compute the $y$ when $x=0$, we ...
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Technique to simplify algebraic calculations on roots of polynomial

I was once told about a technique to simplify algebra on the roots of a polynomial. So if you want to find $\alpha^3+\beta^3+\gamma^3$, where $\alpha,\beta \text{ and } \gamma$ are roots of ...
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What is the minimum value of $abc$

If the roots of the equation $$ax^2-bx+c=0$$ lie in the interval $(0,1)$, find the minimum possible value of $abc$. Edit: I forgot to mention in the question that $a$, $b$, and $c$ are natural ...