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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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Finding all roots of $z^4-4z^3+9z^2-4z+8$

I need to know all the roots of $z^4-4z^3+9z^2-4z+8$. I know only one root: z=i. Is there an easy way to find the 3 roots that are unknown? thanks.
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Is the set of continuous function with Lebesgue zero set a Borel set in continuous space?

Let $D$ be a domain in $\mathbb{R^d}$ and denote the continuous function space on $D$ as $X := C(\overline{D})$ where we can define the $\sigma$-algebra $\mathscr{B}(X)$ of $X$, that is sets in $X$ ...
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Is there a relationship between a function's period and number of roots?

Let: $f(x,a,l)=\prod _{k=a}^l\sin \left(\frac{\pi x}{k}\right)$ and $f(x,k)=\sin \left(\frac{\pi x}{k}\right)$ I came up with this equation to find the period $T(f(x,a,l))=2\,{{\pi }^{l-a+1} ...
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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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Roots of real polynomial

$f(x)$ is a real polynomial. Show that $z=a+bi$ and $\bar z=a-bi$ have the same algebric multiplicity. I know that if $z=a+bi$ is a root of $f$ then $\bar z=a-bi$ is too, but don't know how to use ...
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Does this polynomial have all its roots both distinct and real?

Recently, I wondered about the following problem: let $n\geq 5$ and let $$ P_n(x)=(x-1)(x-2)\ldots (x-n)-1 $$ Is it true that $P_n(x)$ has $n$ distinct real roots for any $n\geq 5$ ? I checked it ...
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Root of the polynomial $x(x-1)(x-2)\cdots(x-K)=C$

Is there an analytic way to obtain the highest root of the polynomial $x(x-1)(x-2)\cdots(x-K)=C$ in terms of $K$ and $C$? The integer $K \ll x$ and the constant $C$ are known. The other way to ask ...
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How do you solve two equal absolute value expressions?

I'm having trouble understanding how the following is solved. $$|x+1| = |x-2|$$
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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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Estimate error when using the result of an expanded equation

I would like to know how to deal with the error term in expanded expression. For example consider the function $\displaystyle f(x)=A\text e^{-(x+\lambda)^2}+B\text e^{-(x-2\lambda)^2}\;, $ where ...
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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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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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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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Why is this root close to $\frac{2\pi}{\text{ZetaZero[1]}}$?

Why is the root, from the following algorithm close to $\frac{2\pi}{\text{ZetaZero[1]}}$? Let: $$y=\frac{2}{5-x}$$ Solve for $x$ in the equation: $$\frac{1}{x+y}=\exp(x-y)$$ Let again: ...