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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Cant find roots for this eq'n

Can someone explain how to factor/find roots to this polynomial: $$ s^4 + 14s^3 +45s^2 +650s + 1800 = 0 $$ its such a nightmare ive been stuck for hours, any help would be appreciated :)
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Is there any nice explanation of why the complex exponential function has no roots in the complex plane? [duplicate]

Here I am not looking for an explanation that uses basic properties that complex exponential function has, such as $e^{z+w}=e^ze^w$ or $e^0=1$ or any other, if this fact can be explained by using ...
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Basic Linear Algebra/Root finding question

What is the general method for solving this problem? $\theta_n.1_T'.z_T=0_n$ where $\theta_n$ is a n x 1 vector of parameters that are free to vary, $1_T'$ is a 1 x T vector of ones, $z_T$ is a T x ...
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Computing $n^{\text{th}}$ root of a positive integer to arbitrary precision using integer arithmetic

There are various questions on this forum that appear similar, but my question pertains to writing code that can compute the $n^{\text{th}}$ root of a number $a$ correct to $p$ decimal places, where ...
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Let $α$ and $β$ be the roots of equation $px^2+qx+r=0,p≠0$

Let $α$ and $β$ be the roots of equation $px^2+qx+r=0,p≠0$, If $p,q,r$ are in A.P and $\dfrac{1}{α}+\dfrac{1}{β}=4$, then the value of $|α−β|$ is $:$ $\dfrac{\sqrt{61}}{9} $ $\dfrac{2\sqrt{17}}{9}$ ...
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13th root of 2 in field $\mathbb{F}_{13}$ [closed]

Is there an easy to find $13^{th}$ root of $2$ in the field $\mathbb{F}_{13}$? I'm having trouble finding one here. Thanks!
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Conjugate roots of a polynomial

If $\sqrt 2 - i$ is a root of $x^5-x^4-2x^3+mx^2+9x+m-11=0$, $m \in \Bbb Q$ find m and the other roots. My question is what other roots can i deduce from what is given? Is $\sqrt 2 + i$ the only one ...
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solving equation with variable on both sides

Is there a way to solve the following equation for $v_n^2$? I am working through a problem and I feel like there should be a way to solve it, but I am not sure how to do it: ...
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Show that any polynomial of odd degree 2n+1: $f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^{2n+1} a_kx^k $, $a_{2n+1}\neq0$ has at least one real root.

Show that any polynomial of odd degree 2n+1: $$f(x)=\sum_{k=0}^{2n+1} a_kx^k $$ $a_{2n+1}\neq0$ has at least one real root. I would like to prove this using IVT, how would I go about starting ...
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solving a pair of simultaneous equations

I have a rather messy pair of simultaneous equations, which I need to solve for x: ...
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Solving a 6th degree polynomial equation

I have a polynomial equation that arose from a problem I was solving. The equation is as follows: $$-x^6+x^5+2x^4-2x^3+x^2+2x-1=0 .$$ I need to find $x$, and specifically there should be a real ...
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Quadrant in which the zeros of a polynomial lies

Consider a polynomial $$p(z) = z^6 + 9z^4 + z^3 + 2z + 4 $$ I need to find which quadrant of the complex plane contains how many zeros that lie in unit circle. Also, I need to find which quadrant ...
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Newton Method Variant with convergence of order 3

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be twice continuously differentiable for all $x$ in the neighborhood $U(\xi)=\{x\in\mathbb{R}:|x-\xi|<r\}$ of a simple zero $\xi$ of $f$ such that ...
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Roots of a perturbed equation

I'm looking to show that the equation $$\displaystyle \psi(\delta) := e^{\alpha g(\delta)} - \delta$$ has a real root for $\alpha$ sufficiently small that converges to $\delta = 1$ as $\alpha ...
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A simple cubic equation problem:

Consider the cubic equation $$az^3-bz^2+\bar{b}z-\bar{a}=0$$ where $a$ and $b$ are non-zero complex numbers. Suppose $z_1, z_2$ and $z_3$ are the roots. Question: Which $a$ and $b$ gives ...
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Zero functions on open interval

Are there non-constant differentiable functions that are zero on an open interval of real line? I've tried using the product integral: $$ f(x) = \exp(\int_0^1 \log(x-u) \mathrm{d}u ) = \frac{x^x ...
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Finding the roots with the largest magnitude

Given a non-constant polynomial $p\in\mathbb{Z}[x]=\alpha\prod_{k=1}^nx-\alpha_k$ how can I find the roots $R=\{\beta_1,\ldots,\beta_t\}\subseteq\{\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_n\}\subseteq\mathbb{C}$ with ...
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Is there an algebraic solution for this rootfinding problem?

I would like to solve for the roots of $f(x)=a_0 + a_1x^\gamma + a_2x^{\gamma+1}$, where $a_0,a_1 \in \mathbb{R}$ and $\gamma \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}$ are arbitrary coefficients. This is possible ...
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$e^z=3z^5$ - Rouche's theorem

Question : Show that the equation $e^z=3z^5$ possesses five distinct real roots. In using the Rouche's theorem with the function $f(z)=-e^z+3z^5$ and $g(z)=-3z^5$, I succeeded to prove the ...
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Computationally check for roots/positiveness of a big polynomial in a given interval

For a proof, I need to check that given a little interval $(0, 0.28)$ some concrete polynomials $\in \mathbb{Q}[w]$ (polynomials in one variable ranging over the real numbers, with degrees around 50) ...
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Construct a degree $n$ polynomial with roots $a_1, a_2, a_3, \ldots, a_n$

We have the numbers: $a_1, a_2, a_3, \ldots, a_n$ Show that there is a polynomial $P(x)$ of degree $n$ such that $a_1, a_2, a_3, \ldots, a_n$ are roots of $P(x)$
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Equation involving Bessel and Struve functions

I need to solve the equation $Z(\gamma) = r$ of the function $$Z(\gamma) = 1 - \frac{2}{\gamma} \left(J_1(\gamma) - i H_1(\gamma)\right),$$ where $J_1$ is the Bessel function and $H_1$ the Struve ...
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Roots of a fourth order polynomial [duplicate]

I am looking for the roots of $x^4=-1$, I have written $ -1 $ using Euler as $e^{j180}$. Therefore, $x=\pm e^{j45}$. But the fourth order equation should have two other roots, how can I get them?
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Number of real roots of $f ' ( x )$

Let $$f(x)=(x-a)(x-b)^3(x-c)^5(x-d)^7 $$ where $a,b,c,d$ are real numbers with $a < b < c < d$ . Thus $ f ( x )$ has $16$ real roots counting multiplicities and among them $4$ are ...
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How many roots does the polynomial $p(z) = z^8 + 3z^7 + 6z^2 + 1$ have inside the annulus $1 < |z| < 2$?

How many roots does the polynomial $p(z) = z^8 + 3z^7 + 6z^2 + 1$ have inside the annulus $1 < |z| < 2$? I know I can use Rouche's Theorem. I'm just not sure how. It states that $|f(z) − g(z)| ...
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Estimation for points in a neighbourhood of a root of a polynomial

Let $p(x)$ be a polynomial with complex coefficients and $p(\tilde x)=0$. Choose $\delta>0$ small enough, such that $\tilde x$ is the only root of $p$ in $B_\delta(\tilde x)$. I want to show that ...
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Finding root from implicit definition

I have the following implicit equation which defines $x$, $x$ is such that: $ (x-y) - \frac{x-(2y - f(y))}{2} \Phi( \frac{(2y - f(y)) - x}{\sigma}) - \frac{x-f(y)}{2} \Phi(\frac{f(y) - x}{\sigma}) + ...
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Finding Roots of tenth degree polynomial

I know that there are no explicit formulas to find roots for polynomials of degree higher than $4$. I have to find all the roots of the polynomial $ f(z) = 1+z^2+z^4+z^6+z^8+z^{10}$ I found two ...
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Prove that the roots are equal

Suppose that all roots of the polynomial equation $x^4 - 4x^3 + ax^2 +bx + 1 = 0$ are positive real numbers. Show that all roots of the polynomial are equal. I am not getting any idea as to how to ...
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find number of real roots

The number of real roots of the equation $$2\cos((x^2+x)/6) = 2^x + 2^{−x}$$ My approach: If I put $x=0$ in both side then $LHS=RHS$ so one real solution is zero but I'm not able to find if it has ...
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zeros of two functions are alternate

Let $a,b,c,d$ be real numbers. Show that the zeros of the functions $f(x)=a\cos x+b\sin x$ and $g(x)=c\cos x+d\sin x$ are distinct and alternate whenever $ad-bc\neq 0$. Suppose $x_0\in \mathbb{R}$ ...
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Solve the equation $x^3-6x-6=0$

Evaluate the roots of $$x^3-6x-6=0$$ I solved it using Cardano's method, but I'm looking for other elementary approaches through substitutions and properties of polynomials. ...
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Calculus approach to solve this Quadratic equation problem

Both roots of the equation $$(x-b) (x-c) +(x-a) (x-c) +(x-a) (x-b) = 0$$ are always positive , negative or real. Prove your result. By solving this equation I got $3x^2 - 2(a+b+c)x +ab + bc + ca ...
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Fundamental Theorem of Algebra for highschool

My teacher has told me about the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, but I can't seem to find any proofs on it which I can understand. For something so important I'm hoping to find a proof that a ...
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How to solve $x^3 = 1$?

My intuitive side tells me to take the cube root of both the sides and get the answer $1$. However, I realize that it might be a problem for I'll lose solutions as given here: Is it the case that ...
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Find the cubic polynomial given linear reminders after division by quadratic polynomials?

A cubic polynomial gives remainders $(13x-2)$ and $(-1-7x)$ when divide by $x^2-x-3$ and $x^2-2x+5$ respectively. Find the polynomial. I have written this as: $P(x)=(x^2-x-3)Q(x)+(13x-2)$ ...
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Solve using auxiliary variable

solved using auxiliary variable (so they ask) I can not build the auxiliary variable for this problem, if they ask log in base 10 $$10^{\log ( \log x )}-10^{\log (16/\log x)}=6$$
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Approximate roots of nonlinear equation (non-integer polynomial)

In case of pulsating bubble arising from underwater explosion, bubble radius satisfies the following equation. $x^3\dot{x}^{2} + x^3 + \frac{k}{x^{3(\gamma-1)}} = 1$ The minimum and maximum bubble ...
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Find how many solutions of the equation $z^6+6z+10=0$ are in each quadrant. [duplicate]

Find how many solutions of the equation $z^6+6z+10=0$ are in each quadrant. This polynomial has six solutions by TFTA. I just don't know how to show what they are and where they lie. Any solutions or ...
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Roots of a Quartic (Vieta's Formulas)

Question: The quartic polynomial $x^4 −8x^3 + 19x^2 +kx+ 2$ has four distinct real roots denoted $a, b, c,d$ in order from smallest to largest. If $a + d = b + c$ then (a) Show ...
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Maximum/minimum of a special function

I was given a function $f(x)=\mbox{Li}_{-n}(x)$, where Li is the polylogarithm of order $-n$ ($n>0\in\mathbb{N}$) and $x\in(-\infty,0)$. The function in this domain is bounded and has some ...
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What are the roots of quintics?

I've been teaching myself a bit of Galois theory and from what I understand, arithmetic operations ranging from addition to taking roots are not enough to express all of the roots of a general ...
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The probability that a random (real) cubic has three real roots

We can formalize the notion of the probability that a randomly selected quadratic real polynomial has real roots as follows: Suppose $R > 0$, and suppose the random variables $a, b, c$ are ...
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Solving a “simple” quadratic/quartic equation

Despite having solved quadratic quations for years I can't seem to be able to get the same result than maple on this one (not as simplified as Maple's), so I wonder if someone could not explain: I'm ...
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Function with no roots

Given a non-constant function $f(x)$, is it possible for it to have no zeroes (neither real nor complex)? Say for example, $f(x)=\cos x-2$, does a complex solution exist for this because for real ...
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The Gamma function has no zeros

How can I prove the Gamma function has no zeros in its holomorphy domain $\Bbb C\setminus\Bbb Z_{\le0}$ using only its integral definition $\Gamma(z)=\int_0^{+\infty}t^{z-1}e^{-t}\,dt$ valid when $\Re ...
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Suppose $m/l$ is a root of $f$, where $m$ and $l$ are relatively prime integers. Show that $m$ divides $a_0$ and $l$ divides $a_n$.

Suppose $f(x) = a_nx^n + \dots + a_1x + a_0$ is a polynomial with integer coefficients, and suppose $m/l$ is a root of $f$, where $m$ and $l$ are relatively prime integers. Show that $m$ divides $a_0$ ...
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Please express the first 3 7-adic digits of a root of $x^3-1$ in $\mathbb{Z}_7$ other than 1.

Please express the first 3 p-adic digits of a root of $x^3-1$ in $\mathbb{Z}_7$ other than 1. Does this just mean find the 7-adic expansion of 2 or 4? Wouldn't their expansions just be 2 and 4?
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if $f(x)=x^2$ and $g(x)=x\sin x+\cos x$ then number of points where $f(x)=g(x)$?

The question is if $f(x)=x^2$ and $g(x)=x\sin x+\cos x$ then number of points where $f(x)=g(x)$? My approach:- $$f(x)=g(x)\implies x^2=x\sin x+\cos x\implies x^2-x\sin x-\cos x=0$$ Let ...
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Show that this sum of polynomials has no zeros with positive real part

Let $0 < \lambda_1 \leq \ldots \leq \lambda_n $ and $k_1, \ldots, k_n> 0$. Let further $$ \begin{align} P(x)&:=\prod_{i=1}^n (x+\lambda_i) = (x+\lambda_1)\cdot \ldots \cdot (x+\lambda_n) ...