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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Product of roots inside the unit disk

I have one polynomial $Q(z) = \sum\limits_{n=0}^{2a-1} z^n c_n$, with $c_n \in \mathbb{R}$ and $c_{2a-1}\neq0$. Using Rouché's Theorem, I could locate them as inside or outside the unit disk, with $a$ ...
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When does $(x^x)^x=x^{(x^x)}$ in Real numbers?

I have tried to solve this equation:$(x^x)^x=x^{(x^x)}$ in real numbers I got only $x=1,x=-1,x=2$ , are there others solutions ? Note: $x$ is real number . Thank you for your help .
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Zeros of the derivative of a polynomial.

If all the zeros of a polynomial $f: \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ are real, does this tell us that the zeros of the derivative are also all real valued? i.e, if $f(z) = 0$ only has real roots, ...
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How to prove that the roots of a quartic equation are not ALL real [closed]

Given this equation: $$x^4 + x^3 - 3x^2 + 4x - 2 = 0$$ I wanna prove that not all roots are real. How can I go about achieving this?
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Solving for n in the equation $\left ( \frac{1}{2} \right )^{n}+\left ( \frac{1}{4} \right )^{n}+\left ( \frac{3}{4} \right )^{n}=1$

Solving for $n$ in the equation $$\left ( \frac{1}{2} \right )^{n}+\left ( \frac{1}{4} \right )^{n}+\left ( \frac{3}{4} \right )^{n}=1$$ Can anyone show me a numerical method step-by-step to ...
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Explaining this inequality

In a proof I was working on today, I assumed this equation was true which lead to devastating results $$ \sqrt{\bar{x^2}} =\bar{\lvert x\rvert} $$ For instance, given the data 0 and 2, the left hand ...
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If $\alpha$ is a root of $f(t) = t^n + a_{n-1}t^{n-1} + \cdots + a_0$, then $|\alpha| \leq n \max_i |a_i|$

Let $f(t) = t^n + a_{n-1}t^{n-1} + \cdots + a_0$. Let $\alpha$ be a root of $f$. Then show that $\alpha \leq n \max_{i} |a_i|$. I could only figure it out for the special case where $|a_i| < 1$ ...
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Why $\zeta(-2) $ is not $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^{-2}}$? [duplicate]

Let $\zeta(s)= \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^{s}}$ a standard formula. I'm confused if you tell me: does this series: $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{1} {n^{s}}$ converge? I will answer you: this series ...
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Can we find sufficient conditions in which this equation have only three distinct real roots

Let us consider the polynomial equation: $$ξ₁x⁸+ξ₂x⁷+ξ₃ x⁶+ξ₄ x⁵+ξ₅ x⁴+ξ₆ x³+ξ₇ x²+(ξ₈-1) x+ξ₉ =0$$ where $ξ_{i}$ are real coefficients. My question is: Can we find sufficient conditions in ...
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Are all complex zeros of ${\frac {\zeta \left( s+1 \right) }{\zeta \left( s-1 \right) }}\pm\, 2\,\pi\frac{2-s}{s\,(s+1)}$ on the critical line?

From this question, it is easy to derive that a zero of $\xi(a+s)\pm \xi(a+1-s)$ should occur when: $$\displaystyle{\frac {\zeta \left( s+a \right) }{\zeta \left( s-a \right) }}=\pm{ \frac {{\pi ...
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Multiplicity of roots of non-polynomial

Define $f: \mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{C}$ by $f(z) = z^{11} + 4e^{z+1} - 2$ and $D := \{z \in \mathbb{C}: 1 < |z| < 3\}$. The question is to show that $f$ has $11$ different roots in $D$. I already ...
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Simulating an orbit - numerically solving $M(E) = E + \sin(E)$

Well for a given kepler orbit (which is a ellipse) $0 \leq e < 1$. There are several functions to describe the motion of an object. $$r(\nu) = \frac{a (1 - e^2)}{1 + e \cos(\nu)}$$ Where $a$ is ...
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Comparing Square Roots

How do you compare square roots? Of course, the positive square root of 49 is greater than the positive square root of 36. However, what if you were to have $\pm\sqrt{49}$ ? $\pm\sqrt{36}$? Would it ...
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For which values of a parameter an equation has one Real root

The following equation is given $$\log_{x-1}(x^2+2ax) - \log_{x-1}(8x-6a-3)=0$$ And I am trying to find for which values of $a$ it has only one root, which is real. It is obvious that $$x-1>0 ...
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Look for Max in function

I need to show that the follwing function has just got a minimum and no maximum. I know what it looks like and it is pretty obvious but i can't find a way to explain. The question implicates we might ...
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Linear combination of matrix elements

Consider the following sequence of problem: With $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$, $m>n$, and $x \in \mathbb{R}^m$, I am looking to linearly combine (non-trivially) the elements of the vector $Ax$ ...
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Factors in a cubic equation

I have no idea how to go about this. Any Hint? Suppose that $(x-3)$ is a factor of $$kx^3 - 6x^2 + 2kx - 12.$$ Solve for $k$.
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Struggling with an Application of Rouche's Theorem

Prove that the zeros of the polynomial $p(z)=z^n+c_{n-1}z^{n-1}\cdots + c_1z+c_0$ all lie in the open disc centered at $0$ with radius $$R=\sqrt{1+\vert c_0\vert^2+\vert c_1\vert^2+\cdots + \vert ...
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Properties of distribution of zeros of polynomial

Polynomial $p_n(z) = (1 + \frac{z}{n})^n - 1$ has a property that all its zeros lie on the circle of radius $n$. It is easy to see because $$\frac{z}{n} = e^{\frac{i2\pi k}{n}} - 1$$ So we can "fit" ...
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Show that $p_n(a)\neq 0$ if $|a|=n$

I am working the next problem: Consider the polynomials $$ p_n(z)=\sum_{j=0}^{n}\frac{z^j}{j!} $$ For $n \geq 2$, show that if $a \in \mathbb{C}$ is such that $|a|=1$ or $|a|=n$, then ...
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Show that $f=x^3+7x+5$ has no roots in $\mathbb {Q}(\sqrt[4]{2})$

Show that $f=x^3+7x+5$ has no roots in $\mathbb {Q}(\sqrt[4]{2})$. I'm given a hint: suppose $\alpha$ is a root of $f=x^3+7x+5$ and $\alpha\in\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{2})$, compute ...
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Radical solution to a polynomial quartic equation

Consider the following quartic equation: $$x^4 + rx^3 + r^2x^2 + r^3x + r^4 - 1 = 0$$ By Lodovico Ferrari solution, this equation must possess four radical solution provided that $r$ is a rational ...
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Zeroes of polynomials and their sum

Let $a, b$ are zeroes of the polynomial $x^2-10cx-11d$ and $c,d$ are the zeroes of the polynomial $x^2-10a x-11b $ where $a,b,c, d$ are distinct reals then $a+b+c+d=?$
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Roots of a polynomial

I am working the next problem: Consider the polynomials $$ p_n(z)=\sum_{j=0}^{n}\frac{z^j}{j!} $$ For $n \geq 2$, show that if $a \in \mathbb{C}$ is such that $|a|=1$ or $|a|=n$, then ...
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Old and recent results concerning the number of real roots for a polynomial function

Let $$p(x)=a_{n}x^n+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\cdots +a_0$$ be a real polynomial function with real coefficients. My question is: I want to make a list of old and recent results concerning the number of real ...
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What will happen if there is a way predicting at a least one root of $p_{n}(x)=0$ without calculator?

let $p_{n}(x)$ be a polynomial of degree $n$ defined as follow : $p_{n}(x)=x^n +a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+a_{n-2}x^{n-2}+.....a_{0}$ which : $a_{n-1},a_{n-2},.....,a_{0}$ are non nul real numbers coefficients. ...
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On the zero set of a smooth function which is linear on the first variable.

Let $f:C^n\times R^n\rightarrow C$ be a smooth function which is linear in $z\in C^n$. (1) For any $z\in C^n$, $f(z,R^n)$ is compact and there exists $x_z\in R^n$ satisfying $f(z,x_z)=0$. (2) There ...
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Concerning Roots of the cubic equation $f(x)=x^3+x^2-5x-1$ and the Greatest Integer (or Floor) function

The Question I got into a rather tight corner with this question. It says: Let $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ be the roots of $f(x)=0$, where $f(x)=x^3+x^2-5x-1$. Then, the value of ...
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Sum of zeros of $P(x)$

I asked this question here before too, but vaguely, hopefully, this time will be a better attempt: There are nonzero integers $a$, $b$, $r$, and $s$ such that the complex number $r+si$ is a zero ...
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Finding the real root of the polynomial $2x^3-3x^2+2 $

I want to get exactly roots of this equation... $2x^3-3x^2+2 = 0$ I try to solve it but can not find the solution. wolframealpha just give me aproximation.. I know the real root is $-1< root ...
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How can I prove this statement about square root?

Introduction In computer science there is a field called Formal Methods and Specifications. In this field software designers design softwares by specifying their functionalities in formal methods, ...
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If a quadratic equation $ax^2+bx+c=0$ has more than two roots, then $a=b=c=0$ [closed]

If a quadratic equation $ax^2+bx+c=0$ has more than two roots, then it is an identity i.e. it is true for all values of $x$ and $a=b=c=0$. What is a proof of this?
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Can we write “fractional root” symbol in math?

Fractional exponents are legit but I have never seen fractional roots, so I just wonder if we can write fractional roots such as this: It sometimes can be convenient to think about too.
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Probability of $ax^2 + bx + c = 0$ having real solutions

$a$, $b$, $c$ are random integer numbers between $1$ and $100$ (including $1$ and $100$, and uniformly distributed). What is the probability that the equation $ax^2 + bx + c = 0$ has real ...
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Finding the roots of weighted sum of $\tanh$

How can this equation be solved analytically? Is it possible, why? Is there a better alternative than the Newton approximation? $k\tanh^2(ax+b) + l\tanh^2(cx+d) + m = 0 $ with $a,b,c,d,k,l,m \text{ ...
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Solving $e^\frac1x = x$ non-graphically?

This question has come up twice in different tests and the instructions always point out that it should be solved using a graphic calculator. Fair enough, the answer is ≈ 1.76322...(goes on forever?). ...
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Solving a special Quartic Equation.

Solve for $x$ $$(x^2-4)(x^2-2x)=2$$ I have tried the Rational Root Theorem and found that there are no rational roots. Further, the polynomial $p(x)=(x^2-4)(x^2-2x)-2$ is irreducible since ...
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Show that a real polynomial of degree more than or equal to $3$ is reducible

Let $f \in \mathbb R [x]$ and suppose that $\deg(f) \geq 3$. Then $f$ is reducible. Proof: By the Fundamental theorem of algebra there are $\lambda _j \in \mathbb C$ such that $$f(x) = (x-\lambda_1) ...
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existence of roots for a general function over the complex plane

For some more general functions other than polynomials, are there any fixed conditions for the existence of roots in a general sense? For instance, function like $z\mathrm{sin}z-1$
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Can $\sin(\pi/25)$ be expressed in radicals

I suspect that sin(pi/25) is not expressible in elementary forms in radicals because it is the root of some quintic (or rather cos(pi/25) is). Can anyone prove that that particular quintic has no ...
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How to find out if a sequence with exponentiation in fraction is convergent

I need to find the convergence of this function: $\sum^{\infty}_{x=1}{\frac{(x+1)^{x^2}}{x^{x^2}2^x}}$ Now my problem is, I have no clue how to do this (I tried the root-test and it did not work ...
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Finding common roots to a variable number of functions

I am trying to solve the following problem. Given $a\in\mathbb R^n$, $u\in\mathbb{R}^n$, $m\in\mathbb{N}^\star$, Find the/some common roots $(t_1,...,t_m)$ of the $\frac{m(m-1)}{2}$ ...
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Solving equations with exponentials and a non-exponential term.

I know how to solve exponential equations. Just use logarithms, e.g., $$ 2^x-3=0 \\ 2^x=3 \\ x=log_23 \\ $$ But on a recent math test I found an equation of the form: $$ 2^{n-3}=\frac {20}{n} $$ ...
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Root of $(x+a)^{x+a}=x^{x+2a}$ and $e$

Let us denote solution to the equation $$(x+a)^{x+a}=x^{x+2a}$$ with $X_a$. ($a$ is a non-zero real number) Prove that: $$\lim_ {a \to 0} X_a = e$$ This is something that ...
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Roots of a Cubic Polynomial with Elementary Symmetric Polynomial Coefficients

Let $R_n$ be a set of $n$ distinct nonzero rational numbers. Let $e_k$ be elementary symmetric polynomials over $R_n$---i.e. $e_0=1$, $e_1 = \sum_{1\le i\le n} r_i$, $e_2 = \sum_{1\le i<j\le n} r_i ...
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How to find the positive and negative roots of a function?

Iam trying to solve the following question: Find all numbers $a$, such that the equation $x^2-ax-a = 0$ has one positive root and one negative root. I've tried it already but I cannot seem to ...
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Trigonometric root of a polynomial

If $4\cos^2 \left(\dfrac{k\pi}{j}\right)$ is the greatest root of the equation $$x^3-7x^2+14x-7=0$$ where $\gcd(k,j)=1$ Evaluate $k+j$ I tried factorizing the equation but it wasn't ...
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Prove $f=1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n$ has no multiple roots.

Prove $f=1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n$ has no multiple roots. My attempt: Consider the polynomial $g=(x-1)(1+x+x^2+x^3+\cdots+x^n)$ As $f\mid g, g$ all the roots of $f$ are roots of $g$. This means I ...
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What are the values of $p$ so that equation $x^3+(p-2)x^2+(5-2p)x-10=0$ has exactly $2$ real roots…

I found this question in a maths-group in Facebook- What are the values of $p$ so that equation $x^3+(p-2)x^2+(5-2p)x-10=0$ has exactly $2$ real roots........ I think we do not count repeated roots ...
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Number of complex roots of a degree 6 polynomial

Given some degree 6 polynomial $f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$, is there any invariant of the polynomial (depending on the coefficents) that will tell you if this polynomial has 6 complex roots or just 2 ...