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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Show that some of the root of the polynomial is not real.

\begin{equation*} p(x)=a_nx^n+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\dots+a_3x^3+x^2+x+1. \end{equation*} All the coefficients are real. Show that some of the roots are not real. I don't have any idea how to do this, I ...
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Number of ordered pairs of $(p,q)$ [duplicate]

Let $x^2-px+q=0$ and $x^2-qx+p=0$ have unequal integral roots where $p$ and $q$ are natural numbers. Find the number of ordered pairs $(p,q)$ for which this is possible. I do understand that roots ...
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Find the roots of the polynomial? (Cardano's Method)

$y^3-\frac7{12}y-\frac7{216}$ This is part of Cardano's method, so I've gotten my first root to be: $y_1=\sqrt[3]{\frac7{432}+i\sqrt{\frac{49}{6912}}}+\sqrt[3]{\frac7{432}-i\sqrt{\frac{49}{6912}}}$ ...
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Prove $p(x)>0$ for $x>b$

This is a question from a past paper which I have no solution to. Let $p(x)=x^n + a_{1}x^{n-1}+\cdots+a_{n-1}x+a_{n}, n\geq 1$ be a polynomial of dgree n and let $b=1+|a_{1}|+\cdots ...
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How to use Newton's method to find the roots of an oscillating polynomial?

Use Newton’s method to find the roots of $32x^6 − 48x^4 + 18x^2 − 1 = 0$ accurate to within $10^{-5}$. Newton's method requires the derivative of this function, which is easy to find. Problem is, ...
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Showing that an equation has a root in an interval

Show that the equation $x^4 - 7x^3 + 1 = 0$ has a root in the interval $[0,1]$. How would I go about working this out in steps?
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Prove that $f(x)=x$ can have at most one solution if $f'(x)\ne1$

Prove that $f(x)=x$ can have at most one solution if $f'(x)\ne1$ What I did : Use $g(x) = f(x)-x$, then $g'(x) = f'(x)-1\ne0$ I suspect I have to use Rolle's theorem now, But I am having difficulty ...
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Only 12 polynomials exist with given properties

Prove that there are only 12 polynomials that have all real roots and whose coefficients are $-1$ or $1$. Zero coefficients are not allowed, and constant polynomials do not count. Two of them ...
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$\int\limits_{0}^{32/9}\sqrt{1+\frac{9x}{4}}dx$

Question : Solve $\int\limits_{0}^{32/9}\sqrt{1+\frac{9x}{4}}dx$ My Try: Let u = $1+\frac{9x}{4}$ Then, $$du = \frac{9x}{4}dx$$ $$dx = \frac{4du}{9}$$ Substituting the above in the main ...
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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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Is Vieta the only way out?

Let $a,b,c$ are the three roots of the equation $x^3-x-1=0$. Then find the equation whose roots are $\frac{1+a}{1-a}$,$\frac{1+b}{1-b}$,$\frac{1+c}{1-c}$. The only solution I could think of is by ...
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Location of the roots of $f'$ (Laguerre's theorem)

Let $f \in \mathbb{R}[X]$ be a polynomial of degree $n$ having $n$ distinct roots $a_1,...,a_n$. Let $b_1<...<b_{n-1}$ be the roots of its derivative $f'$ (note that $b_i \in ]a_{i}, a_{i+1}[$ ...
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Positive Zeroes within a Polynomial

Question: Let $a,b>0.$ Can the polynomial $$x^{10} − x^7 + 2x^5 + ax^3 − bx + 1$$ have exactly three (counting multiplicity) positive zeroes? Can it have three simple positive zeroes together with ...
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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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Exist another method to solve the problem?

We have $x_1,\:x_2,\:x_3\:\in \:\mathbb{C},\:\:f=x^3+x^2+mx+m,\:m\in \mathbb{R}$. We need to find $m\in\mathbb{R}$ such that $|x_1|=|x_2|=|x_3|$. Here is what I tried: $f=x^3+x^2+mx+m=(x^2+m)(x+1)$, ...
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Is the LUB and GLB always at the most 1 unit away from a root? [on hold]

In a polynomial, like $x^4+x^3-18x^2-16x+32$, is the LUB and GLB always at the most 1 unit away from a root? Foe example, is there any case where the greatest root is at (1,0) and the LUB is at 5? ...
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Extreme point of quadratic equation

For the below question read here: Write a function quadratic that returns the interval of all values $f(t)$ such that $t$ is in the argument interval $x$ and $f(t)$ is a quadratic function: ...
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Zeroes of sin(x)

Consider the function f = $\sin(x)$ defined as $$ \sin(x) = \frac{e^{ix}- e^{-ix}}{2i} $$ How to prove that the only zeroes of this function lie on the line $i = 0$ in the complex plane and ...
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How to evaluate real root of a polynomial equation? [closed]

If $\alpha$ is a real root of the polynomial equation $$300x^{299}+299x^4+343x^3+23x+300=0$$ Then how to find out the value of $[\alpha]\space $ where, '$[ \space]$' denotes greatest integer? I have ...
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Proving square root of a square is the same as absolute value

Lets say I have a function defined as $f(x) = \sqrt {x^2}$. Common knowledge of square roots tells you to simplify to $f(x) = x$ (we'll call that $g(x)$) which may be the same problem, but it isn't ...
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How do I graph this polynomial? $f(x)= 2x^2 (x+3)(x-4)$ [closed]

$f(x)= 2x^2 (x+3)(x-4)$ I must find the roots, $y$-intercept, and lead term. Can someone please explain to me how I can find these and graph the equation above? Thank you.
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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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closed-form expression for roots of a polynomial

It is often said colloquially that the roots of a general polynomial of degree $5$ or higher have "no closed-form formula," but the Abel-Ruffini theorem only proves nonexistence of algebraic ...
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explicit solution for transcendental equation

Does anyone knows whether there is an explicit, analytical solution for transcendental equations of the form $A x + B \tanh(C x) + \coth(x) = 0$, where $A, B$, and $C$ are positive real constants?
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Effect on existing roots of polynomial when adding small higher-order term

How do existing roots of a polynomial change when adding higher-order term with a small coefficient? Given a sufficiently small coefficient of the new higher-order term, the existing roots shouldn't ...
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“root” of a right-continuous function

Suppose $f:[0,1] \longrightarrow [-1,1]$ is a right-continuous function such that $f(0) < 0$, $f(1) > 0$, and $f$ only changes sign once in the interval $[0,1]$. Suppose we define the "root" of ...
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Is it true that a 3rd order polynomial must have at least one real root?

While solving a problem a friend said - this polynomial is $3^{rd}$ order ($ax^3+bx^2+cx+d$), so it must have a real root. I didn't want to sound stupid and I said sure. I can't figure out if he's ...
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Interval of Polynomial Root Finding

Let's say we have a polynomial of a given degree. You don't have any tools to figure out the amount of roots in this polynomial. All you know is the function and you cannot graph it. How would you ...
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Prove or disprove this relation between one root of the quadratic and the cubic equation of a certain form, and linear recurrences.

It is well known that the n-anacci (higher degree Fibonacci, that is Tribonacci and so on) numbers can be computed in closed form from roots of polynomials in the way Eric Weisstein at Mathworld ...
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Solving recurrences whose characteristic equations have complex roots

In my Discrete Mathematics lecture notes, there is a section regarding solutions for linear recurrences whose characteristic polynomials have complex roots. There is a particular statement which I am ...
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Roots of quadratic equation

If the roots of $ax^2+bx+c$ are $\alpha$ and $\beta$, express $\frac1\alpha-\frac1\beta$ in terms of $a$, $b$ and $c$. I know how to express $\alpha+\beta$ or $\alpha\beta$ which is usually enough, ...
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Irreducible polynomial in $\mathbb Q[x]$ of degree $n$ having exactly $n-2$ real roots.

I need to show that for any $n$ there is an irreducible polynomial in $\mathbb Q[x]$ of degree $n$ having exactly $n-2$ real roots. I know that from a previous exercise that if $f(x) \in ...
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Show that $z^n+nz-1$ has $n$ zeros in $D(0,R)$

Let $n\geq 3$. Show that the polynomial $z^n+nz-1$ has $n$ zeros in $D(0,R)$, where $$R=1+\left(\frac{2}{n-1}\right)^{1/2}.$$ I was hoping to use Induction and Rouche's Theorem. For the base case ...
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Polynomial $f(x)$ over $\mathbb{R}$ has $k$ distinct roots, then $f(x) + a$ too

I am trying to learn Galois theory by myself. When reading a section for applications to polynomials, I got stuck in the following exercise: If $f(x) \in \mathbb{R}[x]$ is any polynomial having ...
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Proving that if the sequence $X_n$ converges to $x$, then ${X_n}^a$, where $a$ is a positive rational, converges to $x^a$.

I've been stuck on this problem for a while. I splitted a into $p/q$, so it would be $({X_n}^p)^{1/q}$, and I got the convergence of ${X_n}^p$ to be $x^p$ since it is just induction using the product ...
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Find the fixed points of a function $f(x) := exp(x - 2)$ using a recursive algorithm

I need to find the fixed points (i.e. when $f(x) = x$) of the following function $f(x) := exp(x - 2)$. I understood that the fixed points should be the intersecation points between $f(x)$ and a ...
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Solving quartic equation? (Cardano/Ferrari)

today I've written a little Code-Snippet that is based upon the steps that are mentionned in this wikipedia-Article to solve a general quartic polynom. Here's my matlab-implementation: ...
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How to upper-bound the smallest positive root of a polynomial?

Is there any algorithm for (upper-)bounding the smallest positive root of a polynomial of an arbitrary degree if it exists, or detecting that it does not exist otherwise? Edit: I'm looking for a ...
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Find the smallest root of the function $e^{-x} = \sin (x)$

I have the following problem: Find the smallest root of the function $e^{-x} = \sin (x)$ and focus the root with Newton's method to $8$ decimal accuracy. Any suggestions?
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Finding a root by bisection method in Excel

Working on a maths assignment and we're trying to use Excel for a bisection method. $$\frac12 e^{x/2}+\frac{1}{2x}-\frac32=0$$ Here is a pic, I can't get the formula to work with the exponent. This ...
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Find the real root $\alpha$ of the cubic equation $z^3-2z^2-3z+10=0$

Find the real root $\alpha$ of the cubic equation, $$z^3-2z^2-3z+10=0$$ The exam paper is giving just 2 marks for this and the mark scheme isn't very helpful. My idea is that you can use some of this ...
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The roots of the cubic equation $z^3-2z^2+pz+10=0$ are $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$. Show that $\alpha^2+\beta^2+\gamma^2=p+13$

$$z^3-2z^2+pz+10=0$$ $$ax^3+bx^2+cx+d=0$$ $$\Rightarrow\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,a=1,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, b=-2,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, c=p,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, d=10$$ ...
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Prove $x^7+3x^5+1$ has exactly one real root using Bolzano's theorem and the MVT.

Prove $f(x)=x^7+3x^5+1$ has exactly one real root using Bolzano's theorem and the MVT. What I did: $f(-1)=-3$ $f(0)=1$ As $f$ is continuous, there exists a $c \in (-1,0) /f(c)=0$ Then computed ...
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general theorem on roots of a polynomial needed to show it's identically zero.

Polynomial degree k, one variable, if it's zero at k+1 values, then it's identically zero. Can someone point me to a proof of this? I know derivatives at points can count as these roots (if k-degree ...
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Solve $ \left(\sqrt[3]{4-\sqrt{15}}\right)^x+\left(\sqrt[3]{4+\sqrt{15}}\right)^x=8 $ [closed]

I don't know what can I substitute for $x$ so that equation becomes satisfied. Any assistance will be greatly valued. Thanks!
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Root finding of a Hermite interpolating polynomial

Consider a Hermite interpolation problem. I have an approach for obtaining the roots of interpolating polynomial. I would like to present an example for this approach. Can you suggest me an applicable ...
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Entire functions of order 0

Sorry, this may be a stupid question, but I am just beginning to learn about this and cannot find the answer anywhere I have looked so far. Clearly if we have any polynomial $P(z)$, then it is easy to ...
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Roots of biquadratic equation

This question also was a part of my today's maths olympiad paper: If squares of the roots of $x^4 + bx^2 + cx + d = 0$ are $\alpha, \beta, \gamma, \delta$ then prove that: $64\alpha\beta\gamma\delta ...
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What are 'Regular Products'?

When looking at the functional equation for the Riemann zeta function, I came across the statement: For $s$ an even positive integer, the product $\sin{(\frac{\pi s}{2})}\Gamma({1-s})$ is regular. ...
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I have to show $p=p(x-\lambda)$ if and only if they have the same zeros in $F$

Suppose $F$ is a field, $|F|\geq n \geq 2$. Given $\lambda \in F$ I know $p,p(x-\lambda)\in F[x]$ are irreducible monic polynomials. I have to show $p=p(x-\lambda)$ if and only if they have the same ...