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Is a polynomial $f$ zero at $(a_1,\ldots,a_n)$ iff $f$ lies in the ideal $(X-a_1,\ldots,X-a_n)$?

This is probably a very silly question: If $R$ is an arbitrary commutative ring with unit and $f\in R[X]$ a polynomial, then for any element $a\in R$ we have $$f(a)=0 \Longleftrightarrow X-a ~\mbox{ ...
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$k2^x+2^x=8$, find the possible values of $k$

Find all the possible values of $k$ such that equation $$k2^x+2^x=8$$ has a single root. Find the root in the case. Can anyone give some hints for me? I have no idea how to solve it.
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Systematically guessing integer roots of a cubic polynomial

Suppose I have a cubic equation, such as $$15x^3-4x^2-25x+14=0.$$ By the Hit and Trial method I know that one of the roots is $x=1,$ and hence I can solve the cubic equation with ease, as it will ...
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Find the cubic equation of roots $α, β, γ$.

Taken from Fitzpatrick $4$ unit course textbook. The question says: If the cubic equation $\ ax^3+bx^2+cx+d$ has roots $α, β, γ$. Find the cubic equation who's roots are $α^2, β^2, γ^2$ I keep ...
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How to do polynomial composition/substitution? (Vincent-Alesina-Galuzzi)

For the polynomial $$ p(x) = \sum_{i=0}^n c_i x^i, $$ of real coefficients and real variable, obtain the coefficient of $$ q(x) = \left(1 + x\right)^n p\left( \frac{a + b x}{1 + x} \right), $$ as ...
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Finding the roots of a different Quadratic equation from the roots of a Given Quadratic equation

The Question: If $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are the roots of the equation $ax^2+bx+c=0$... Then find the roots of the equation $ax^2-bx(x-1)+c(x-1)^2=0$ My Attempt: The new equation can be ...
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Sum of roots of cubic = -coefficient of quadratic term?

Working through Ian Stewart's "Galois Theory, Third Edition," he states at the end of the second paragraph on page 13: "Because we know that $\alpha_1+\alpha_2+\alpha_3$ is minus the coefficient of ...
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Nonlinear System of Equations: Criteria for Existence of Solution

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and $F: \Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ is at least once continuously differentiable (but not necessarily a polynomial). we want to find a point $x^* \in \Omega$ ...
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Is there any notation for general $n$-th root $r$ such that $r^n=x$?

As we know that the notation for the $n$-th principal root is $\sqrt[n]{x}$ or $x^{1/n}$. But the principal root is not always the only possible root, e.g. for even $n$ and positive $x$ the principal ...
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Calculate roots from $\frac{x \cosh(x) - \sinh(x)}{x^2}$

I want to solve the following equation $$f(x) = \frac{x \cosh(x) - \sinh(x)}{x^2} = 0$$ Because the term above is undefined for $x = 0$ I calcuted $$\lim_{x \rightarrow 0}\frac{x \cosh(x) - ...
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Checking whether points form a polygon in complex plane

If z^8=(z-1)^8 then the roots are 1) concyclic 2) form a polygonal 3)none I found the roots to be 1+cot(k.pi/8) for k is a natural number and less than 8. Then couldn't figure it out.
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Proof of why $\sqrt[x]{x}$ is greatest when $x=e$

Stated above question. If the mathjax I used was wrong, it should be: Why does the xth root of x reach the greatest y at x=e
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Find conditions for $a$ and $b$ such that $P(x)=x^4-(a+b)x^3+(ab+2)x^2-(a+b)x+1$ has only real roots. [on hold]

I need to find conditions for a and b such that $$P(x)=x^4-(a+b)x^3+(ab+2)x^2-(a+b)x+1$$ has only real roots. Any hints on how I should do that?
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Newton-Raphson For Integer Factorization

Per my earlier question on Naive Grouping for factorization here, below is the modified Newton-Raphson method (integers only) for the polynomial $N -x^2 - yx - x = 0$. ...
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Roots of polynomial outside a vertical strip of $\mathbb C$

Let $P(z)$ be an arbitrary polynomial with real coefficients. I'd like to guarantee that all roots of $P$ have real parts outside the interval $(0, 1)$. Is there some simple condition on P that will ...
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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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Solve the following equation involving logarithms for $x$ [closed]

I am having problems understanding how to solve the given equation: $$x\ln \left(x\right)+5\ln \left(x\right)-5x-25 =0$$ Any help would be very appreciated! Cheers
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How to calculate the $n$-th member of sequence $a_{n+1}=\sqrt{y+a_{n}}$

I was searching for a smooth continuous concave function $$f:R^{+}\times R^{+}\to R^{+}$$ so that $$f(x+1,y)=\sqrt{y+f(x,y)}\quad\text{and}\quad f(0,y)=0.$$ But I couldn't find a general function, ...
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Unknown both as a exponent and as a term in an equation

Let's say I have an equation $e^{x-1}(x+1)=2$. According to Solving an equation when the unknown is both a term and exponent it's impossible to solve this using elemetary functions. If so, then how do ...
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How do i find formula for the recurrence relation :$x_{n+1}= x^2_{n}-x^2_{n-1}$ with :$x_{-1}=0,x_{0}=\frac{3}{4}$?

How do i find formula for the recurrence relation according to the below initial conditions: $x_{n+1}= x^2_{n}-x^2_{n-1}$ with :=$x_{-1}=0,x_{0}=\frac{3}{4}$ ? Note:$n=0,1,2\cdots$ Thank you for ...
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Question on real polynomial in projective space

Hi all I was given this question and desperately in need of help. I am given a homogeneous polynomial of degree 4 of two variables x and y, with real coefficients with 4 real distinct projective roots ...
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Constructing matrices with eigenvalues equal to roots of a given polynomial

Suppose we are given a polynomial e.g. $$x^4+Ax^3+Bx^2+Cx+D,\tag1$$ and we need to construct a matrix, whose eigenvalues would be equal to roots of this polynomial. One way, rather inelegant, is to ...
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$15a+6b+4c+8d=0$ implies $ax^3+bx^2+cx+d$ has a positive root

Let $a,b,c,d$ be real numbers such that $15a+6b+4c+8d=0$. Show that $f(x)=ax^3+bx^2+cx+d$ has a positive root. (Komal, Problem N. 170.) I want to try to use the intermediate value theorem, showing ...
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How to factorize $x^3 - 7x + 6$?

How do you factorize this polynomial: $${x^3 - 7x + 6}$$ Some online solver doesn't even work saying: using GCF method doesn't work, but sites like Mathway.com gave me the answer, is there a ...
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Any shortcut method to compare the roots of two quadratic equations? [closed]

The given equations are(for example) $81x^2-9x-2=0$ and $56y^2-13y-3=0$. How do i compare the roots of these equation without using the Quadratic formula? Any suggestions please? Thanks.
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Prove that $f(x)=m$ has three distinct real roots for $m\in(0,8)$

We have $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R},f(x)=x^5-5x+4$ and we need to show that $\forall m\in(0,8)$, $f(x)=m$ has three distinct real roots. How can I prove it?
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Does $\zeta(s)^2 \pm \zeta(1-s)^2$ have roots at the $\rho$s?

Maybe a strange (or stupid) question, but does $$\zeta(s)^2 \pm \zeta(1-s)^2$$ also have roots equal to the non-trivial zeros ($\rho$) ? At first sight you would expect so, however when I tried to ...
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When solving trigonometric irrational equations does the condition of existence of the radicand under an even root matter?

Hi everyone I would like to ask a thing about the following equation: $$\cos(x) + \sqrt[4]{1 - \frac{4}{3}\cos(2x) - \sin^4(x)} = 0$$ It is trigonometric and irrational, the root's index is 4 (even ...
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Graeffe's root finding method

What are the practical applications of Graeffe's root finding method?I searched a lot but couldn't find.I found that it is used in aerodynamics and electric circuit analysis.But don't know much about ...
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Suppose that $\alpha$ root of the equation [closed]

Suppose that $\alpha$ root of this equation: $$x^4+x^2-1=0$$ Find the value of $$\alpha ^{6}+2\alpha ^{4}$$ "I want the way, not the roots of the equation." I tried, but I couldn't find any thing.
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How many roots are there? [closed]

I tried to find out how many roots there is for this function: $$ xe^{\frac{2}{x}}=a \quad (a\in\mathbb{R}) $$ Can anyone help by solve it/give hints?
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Expansion and factorization to determine roots of equations

Let $(a,c)$ be the roots of the equation $x ^ 2 + ax - b = 0$. Let $(b,d)$ be the roots of the equation $x ^ 2 + cx + d = 0$. Find all the possible real values for $a, b, c, d$. NOTE: I have made ...
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Find the roots of equation involving $\arctan x$

I try to find the roots of the equation: $$y=x-2\arctan\left(x\right)$$ I know that one of them is $(0,0)$ but there are two others that should solve $$\dfrac{x}{2}=\arctan\left(x\right).$$ Is ...
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Proof exist infinitely many $n$ such that $f_{n}(x)$ has two integers roots

The two integer sequence $\{a_{n}\},\{b_{n}\}$ such $$a_{n+1}=a_{n}+1,2b_{n+1}=a_{n}+2b_{n}$$ Define function $f_{n}(x)=x^2+a_{n}x+b_{n}$, if there exisit $k$ such $f_{k}(x)=0$ has two ...
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Why use methods as Newton, ridder or secant method for root finding? [closed]

Why use methods as Newton, ridder or secant method for root finding? I am bit confused for what reason someone would use these method to determine the root of a function, as it can easily be ...
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suppose n is a natural number , prove equation $x^n+nx-1=0$ exist an unique real positive root $x_n$

suppose n is a natural number prove : equation $x^n+nx-1=0$ exist an unique real positive root $x_n$ ; and when $a>1$,$\sum_{n=1}^{\inf}x^a_n$ converges.
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What type of equation is this? How to solve it?

$$m^4+a^4=0$$ , the answer I obtained is $$0+i1,0-i1$$ but the answer is given as a/sqrt(2)-a/sqrt(2),a/sqrt(2)+a/sqrt(2)
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How do I calculate the values of $\zeta(0.5+ie^x)$ for large $x$ ?

In wolfram alpha the values of $$\zeta(0.5+ie^x)$$ closed to zero then How do I know the real values of $\zeta(0.5+ie^x)$ for large real number $x$ ? Thank you for any help
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Solve this tough fifth degree equation.

$$x^5+x^4-12x^3-21x^2+x+5=0$$ I think it can be solved by trigonometric ways but how?
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Why $ax^2+bx+c = a(x-r)(x-s)$, where $r$, $s$ are the roots?

When I was reading about math, I came across the following - Suppose the roots of the quadratic $ax^2+bx+c$ are $r$ and $s$. Then $ax^2+bx+c = a(x-r)(x-s)$ for all values of $x$. Is there ...
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Zeros of derivative of composition of polynomials

Let $f(x),g(x)$ be polynomials such that their derivatives $f'(x),g'(x)$ have $n$ and $m$ real roots. What is the possible minimal/maximal numbers of real roots for the polynomial $(f(g(x))'$? My ...
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Determine roots of a polynomial with variable exponent

I need to know the nature of the roots of the equation $$ x(x+a)^b -1 = 0 $$ when changing a and b, where $ a,b $ are natural numbers, I've looked around on the web but I was unable to find how to do ...
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Roots of a sixth degree polynomial

I have this question: The polynomial $f(x) = x^6 - ax^4 - ax^2 +1 $ has $(x-p)$ as a factor, where $a,p$ are real numbers. Show that $a = p^2 + p^{-2} - 1$ Here's my attempt: Let $u = x^2 ...
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Confusion about exponents like ${x^m}^{(1/n)}$.

I've been reading this post. It says that $\sqrt[m]{x^n} = x^{n\frac 1m}=x^{\frac mn}=x$ if $m=n$. Let's take $x=-2$, and $m=n=2$. Now we have, $\sqrt[2]{(-2)^2}=\sqrt[2]{4}=2$ But according to that ...
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The Passare-Tsikh solution to the principal quintic

The Bring-Jerrard quintic, $$x^5+x+t=0$$ can be solved as, $$x = -\sum_{k=0}^\infty(-1)^k\frac{(5k)!}{k!(4k+1)!}\;t^{4k+1}\tag1$$ when, $$|t|<\frac{4}{5^{5/4}}\approx 0.53\dots$$ This paper ...
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Find the number of zeroes of a function

let $f(z)=(z^2+9)(z^2+1)(z^2-1)+z^5(z^2+4)$. How many zeroes does $f$ has in $\{z|\operatorname{Re}{z}<0\}$. I want to use the argument principle, but the integral is too long. I think I need to ...
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not easily factored quadratic expression how to find its roots [closed]

Could you please help me and explain this issue: If a quadratic equation is not easily factored then its roots can be found using quadratic formula: If $ax^2+bx+c=0$ ($a\ne0$), then the roots are ...
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Absolute value of cubic polynomial roots lower than 1

Assume we have a cubic polynomial $ x^3 +bx^2+xc+d=0 $, with $b,c,d$ real numbers. Let $x_1, x_2, x_3 $ be the roots, either real or complex. What is the relation of the coefficients $b,c$ and $d$ ...
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Find $(a,b)$ such that in $x^2+ax+b$, whenever $v$ is a root, then $v^2 - 2$ is also a root

Find $(a,b)$ such that in $x^2+ax+b$, whenever $v$ is a root, then $v^2 - 2$ is also a root $a,b$ are real numbers. Roots may or may not be real. In this question, the aim is to find values of and b ...
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Solve $2000x^6+100x^5+10x^3+x-2=0$

One of the roots of the equation $2000x^6+100x^5+10x^3+x-2=0$ is of the form $\frac{m+\sqrt{n}}r$, where $m$ is a non-zero integer and $n$ and $r$ are relatively prime integers.Then the value of ...