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 (arithmetic) tag. For questions about roots of Lie algebras, use the (lie-algebra) tag instead.

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Find all integers $m$ and positive integers $n > 1$ so that $m + \sum_{k=1}^n x^k/k!$ has a rational root

If $m = 1$, then $m + \sum_{k=1}^n x^k/k!$ has no rational root for $n > 1$. And clearly the polynomial has a rational foot for all integers $m$ if $n = 1$. So, besides those cases, for what ...
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Prove that $f(x)=(e^x-1)(x^2+3x-2)+x$ has exactly one positive root, exactly one negative root and one root at $x=0$.

Prove that the function $f(x)=(e^x-1)(x^2+3x-2)+x$ has exactly one positive root, exactly one negative root and one root at $x=0$. My work so far: $f(0)=0$ Thus, $x=0$ is a root. For the ...
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A polynomial's roots

Let $Q_n(x) = (x^2-1)^n$ and $P_n(x) = Q_n^{(n)}(x)$. Using Rolle's theorem, prove that $P_n$ has exactly $n$ roots.
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Show that a Polynomial has certain factorization

$P(x)$ is a polynomial in $x$ of degree $\leq n-1$. Show that $P(x)$ has $n-1$ distinct roots and thus has the factorization $$k\Pi_{i=2}^n(x-a_i)$$, where the constant $k$ is the coefficient of ...
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Inverse Quadratic Interpolation and the secant method

I am currently completing a maths project that aims to approximate the roots of functions using MATLAB. The two root finding methods that I have used are inverse quadratic interpolation and the ...
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If $a,b,c(a,b,c\in\mathbb{R} )$ satisfy $b^2-4ac<0$ then equation $f(x)=0$ has complex root

I would appreciate if somebody could help me with the following problem: Q: show that ($n>2, n\in\mathbb{N}$) Let $f(x)=a_nx^n+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\cdots+ax^2+bx+c, ...
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Numerical Solution of $\frac{x}{1-e^{-x}} -5 = 0$

I am working on a problem at the moment which cuts down to the following question: How do I get a numerical solution for: $$\frac{x}{1-e^{-x}} -5 = 0?$$ I've been thinking about using Newton's ...
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Finding product of roots of equation of unknown degree when a root is given

If $7^{\frac13} + 7^{\frac23}$ is a root of equation of minimum possible degree with rational coefficients, then what is the product of roots of this equation? How do I solve it?
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Breakaway Point in Root-Locus

Can anyone explain me why the breakaway points in Root-Locus are only on the real axis?
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Why does the Uniqueness Principle imply real identities are true in the complex analogue?

Uniqueness principle theorem :If $f$ and $g$ are analytic functions on a domain $D$, and if $f(z)=g(z)$ for $z$ belonging to a set that has a non isolated point, then $f(z)=g(z)$ for all $z\in D$. ...
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Analytic solutions of an equation

I am trying to find analytic solutions of this equation for $x$ with parameter $a$ ($x>0, a>0$): ...
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Open mapping principle complex?

Shows that if $f(z)$ is a non-constant analytic function on a domain D, then the image under f(z) of any open set is an open set. What I have so far: Since $f(z)$ is non-constant and and analytic, it ...
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Is $n=2$ the only root of $M(n!)$…?

Wolfram can help till $n=9$, but are there other value larger than $2$ for which $$ M(n!)=0, $$ where $M(n)$ is Merten's function.
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Why doesn't Logz/z have zeros?

Our book claims that $\frac {Logz}{z}$ has no zeros, where Logz is the principle branch of the complex natural logarithm. However, $Logz=log|z|+iArg(z)$, correct? So $Log1=log|1|+iArg(1)=0+i0=0.$ ...
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How do I find the roots of a quartic, without guessing?

I'm given a quartic function to sketch, and one of the things to find is the zeros/x-roots/x-intercepts. After a lot of guessing (and no success) I pulled it up on my trusty TI, to find the roots are ...
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How to solve $x^4-8x^3+24x^2-32x+16=0$

How can we solve this equation? $x^4-8x^3+24x^2-32x+16=0.$
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Find all roots of $x^{6} + 1$

I'm studying for my linear algebra exam and I came across this exercise that I can't solve. Find all roots of polynomial $x^{6} + 1$. Hint: use De Moivre's formula. I guessed that two roots are $i$ ...
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Analyzing a fourth degree polynomial

Let $a,b$ and $c$ be real numbers. Then prove that the fourth degree polynomial in $x$ $acx^4+b(a+c)x^3+(a^2+b^2+c^2)x^2+b(a+c)x+ac$ has either 4 real roots or 4 complex roots. I have never solved a ...
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All roots of a polynomial lie on a circle.

I'm stuck in the following problem and I need your help to solve it. Given a number $\alpha$, $0 < \alpha < 1$. $A_j(x)$ is a sequence of polynomials of $x^{-1}$ such that: $A_0(x) = 1; \\ ...
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Number of zeros of Wronskian

Is there some relation between the number of zeros of a Wronskian and properties of given functions? Having Wronskian (e.g. $2$ x $2$) $$W(x)=\left|\begin{array}{c}f_1(x) & f_2(x)\\f'_1(x) & ...
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$f(x)=x^3+ax^2+bx+c$ where $1\ge a\ge b\ge c\ge 0$. If $\lambda$ is any root of the polynomial, show that $|\lambda|\le 1$

$f(x)=x^3+ax^2+bx+c$ where $1\ge a\ge b\ge c\ge 0$. If $\lambda$ is any root of the polynomial, show that $|\lambda|\le 1$. My attempt: As the polynomial is a cubic, it must have atleast one real ...
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Find the order of magnitude of the equation solution

Find the order of magnitude of the following equation solution: $$ x(\ln x)^{2001}=n $$
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Stuck on perturbation theory for finding a root of polynomial, with rescaling

I have been given the polynomial $$\epsilon x^3+x-2=0,$$ where epsilon is very small and I need to find the roots using perturbation theory. So far I have found the first root, 2, using the direct ...
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Sum of fifth power of roots

What is the sum of fifth power of roots of the equation $$x^3+qx+r$$.I tried expanding $$(a+b+c)^5$$ but it didn't work instead it is becoming more and more complex.
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Find the solutions of the equation…

How can I solve this equation? $$ \begin{equation*} \sqrt[3]{x-2}+\sqrt{x-1}=5 \end{equation*} $$ Frankly, I just have no idea at all!!! Thank you in advance!
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Working out the discriminant to a polynomial and using for working out “a”

For an equation: $$ x-b^2/x^3+a=0 \\$$ i.e. $$ x^4-b^2+ax^3=0 \\$$ If the discriminant is positive (i.e. $> or =0$) for real roots, what is the discriminant for these equations? Can you use the ...
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Padé approximant of transfer function with gain and time delay.

$$ H(\omega) = A e^{-j \omega \tau} $$ I'm trying to use Padé approximation to generate a numerator and denominator polynomial for the above transfer function but genuinely struggling with how to ...
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Can you find a Polynomial of Degree 7 that has 2 complex roots and 5 real?

Can you find a Polynomial of Degree 7 that has 2 complex roots and 5 real? The polynomial, call it $f(x)$ must be irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$ (or over $\mathbb{Z}$ as Gauss' lemma can be used.) ...
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Finding an asymptotic expansion for a transcedental equation

I am new around here and was hoping you will be able to help me with the following. I have the equation: $x^3 - 3x^2 +(3-\epsilon ) x + \epsilon = sin(\frac{\pi}{2} x +\frac{\pi \epsilon}{2} ) $ and ...
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Improvement to regula falsi method?

The regula falsi algorithm is based on a linear interpolation between the points $a$ and $b$, which bracket a root we want to find. Would it be any improvement to use a parabolic interpolation ...
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Solving an 8th degree polynomial

I know that through the Abel Ruffini Theorem the general solution to a polynomial of degree five or more cannot be found explicitly. But are there are any other ways to find the roots of such a ...
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The number of roots of the system of equations in finite field

Let q be a prime power, $GF(q)$ be a finite field and $GF(q)[x]$ the polynomial ring over GF(q). For $m \in \mathbb{Z}_{>0}$: $$f_1(x),f_2(x),\dots,f_m(x) \in GF(q)[x]$$ and each degree is at ...
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Limits of the solutions to $x\sin x = 1$

Let $x_n$ be the sequence of increasing solutions to $x\sin{x} = 1$. Define $$a = \lim_{n \to \infty} n(x_{2n+1} - 2\pi n) $$ and $$b = \lim_{n \to \infty} n^3 \left( x_{2n+1} - 2\pi n - \frac{a}{n} ...
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Roots of product of two functions

I wonder if the answer to this question is true: Having two functions $f(x)$, $g(x)$ where $f(x)$ has $N$ real roots, and $g(x)$ is positive for all $x$ (no real roots), does the product of ...
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Real roots plot of the modified bessel function

Could anyone point me a program so i can calculate the roots of $$ K_{ia}(2 \pi)=0 $$ here $ K_{ia}(x) $ is the modified Bessel function of second kind with (pure complex)index 'k' :D My conjecture ...
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How many iterations of the bisection method are needed to achieve full machine precision

Suppose that an equation is known to have a root on the interval $(0,1)$. How many iterations of the bisection method are needed to achieve full machine precision in the approximation to the location ...
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How to solve for a non-factorable cubic equation?

I want to know how one would go about solving an unfactorable cubic. I know how to factor cubics to solve them, but I do not know what to do if I cannot factor it. For example, if I have to solve for ...
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Let $f(x)=x^2+17x+a$, $g(x)=x^2-17x-a$, $r$ a root of $f$ and $-r$ a root of $g$. Determine the roots of $f$.

Let $f(x)=x^2+17x+a$ and $g(x)=x^2-17x-a$. Suppose $r$ is a root of $f$ and $-r$ is a root of $g$. Determine all roots of $f$. From the descriptions, I can conclude that $f(x)-g(x)=2a$. But that ...
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How do you call the following iterative solving method

I have the following implicit equation $$ x= f(x) $$ which I solve by starting with some value for $x$, then setting $x$ to the new value $f(x)$ and so forth until convergence. How is that method ...
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Finding root for the segment - found the formula but it doesn't work for some values - wrong formula?

I have the segment, defined as $(x_1, y_1)$, $(x_2, y_2)$. I know that $y_1\ge 0$ and $y_2 < 0$. I want to compute the root point for that segment. I decided to do it that way: ...
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Approximating the smallest positive root of a function

Suppose we have a smooth function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$. Let $S$ denote the set of all positive roots of $f$ and let $x^*$ denote the minimum of $S$ (assuming such a thing exists). What ...
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solve equations with exponentials of the unknown

folks, I'm trying to solve $$A = B Y + C Z$$ where $A$, $B$, $C$ are known functions defined on $\mathbb R^3$, the unknowns are basically $z$ defined on $\mathbb R^3$ and $$ Y = ...
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Solving multivariate polynomial to find closest point to a $3$ (or more) circles

My requirement is to find the point closest to three circles. So lets say the three circles are $C_1$, $C_2$, $C_3$. I want to find the point in the space such that the SUM of its distance from $C_1$, ...
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An Application of Rouche's Theorem to Two Cases

Here is my question - it is an example sheet question, completely non-examinable: [I have managed this first part, but am including it to help give a sense of where the question is going.] $(i)$ ...
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Show that $ z \sin(z) = 1 $ has only real solutions.

Here is my question - it is an example sheet question, completely non-examinable: Show that the equation $ z \sin(z) = 1 $ has only real solutions. [Hint: Find the number of real roots in the ...
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Solution of cubic modulo some prime

Let $f(x)=x^3+3x+12$. Now if we have the relation $$f(x)\equiv0\pmod p$$ for some prime $p$, then what are the values of $p$ for which this equation is solvable for $x$? I know that the cubic ...
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are all polynomial equations solvable

Has anyone read the Book named " Monad science" published by Lambert Academic Publishing on 28 Febuary,2014 ...
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Square root of negative integer

Can I write: $-\sqrt{(2)}$ = $\sqrt{(-2)}$ and vice versa? Or, say, we have, $(-\sqrt{(x - 4)}$ Can this be changed into $(\sqrt{(4 - x)}$ by taking the minus sign inside the square root? How?
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Elementary Symmetric Polynomials, Roots of cubic polynomials

I'm given $a_1, a_2, a_3$ as roots of the equation $x^3 + 7x^2 - 8x + 3$ and need to find the cubic polynomials with roots $a_1^2, a_2^2, a_3^3$ and $\frac{1}{a_1}, \frac{1}{a_2}, \frac{1}{a_3}$. ...
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Polynomials with Integer Coefficients and irrational roots

Is there a polynomial with integer coefficients which has √2 +√7  as a root?