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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Continuity of the roots of a polynomial in terms of its coefficients

It's commonly stated that the roots of a polynomial are a continuous function of the coefficients. How is this statement formalized? I would assume it's by restricting to polynomials of a fixed ...
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Square roots — positive and negative

It is perhaps a bit embarrassing that while doing higher-level math, I have forgot some more fundamental concepts. I would like to ask whether the square root of a number includes both the positive ...
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Why are the solutions of polynomial equations so unconstrained over the quaternions?

An $n$th-degree polynomial has at most $n$ distinct zeroes in the complex numbers. But it may have an uncountable set of zeroes in the quaternions. For example, $x^2+1$ has two zeroes in $\mathbb C$,...
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Are these solutions of $2 = x^{x^{x^{\:\cdot^{\:\cdot^{\:\cdot}}}}}$ correct?

Find $x$ in $$ \Large 2 = x^{x^{x^{\:\cdot^{\:\cdot^{\:\cdot}}}}}$$ A trick to solve this is to see that $$\large 2 = x^{x^{x^{\:\cdot^{\:\cdot^{\:\cdot}}}}} \quad\implies\quad 2 = x^{\Big(x^{x^{x^...
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Derivation of asymptotic solution of $\tan(x) = x$.

An equation that seems to come up everywhere is the transcendental $\tan(x) = x$. Normally when it comes up you content yourself with a numerical solution usually using Newton's method. However, ...
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Why Rational Root Theorem only works with integers

Why does the rational root theorem only work when the polynomial has integer coefficients?
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Showing that the roots of a polynomial with descending positive coefficients lie in the unit disc.

Let $P(z)=a_0+a_1z+\cdots+a_nz^n$ be a polynomial whose coefficients satisfy $$0<a_0<a_1<\cdots<a_n.$$ I want to show that the roots of $P$ live in unit disc. The obvious idea is to use ...
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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 to prove that a polynomial of degree $n$ has at most $n$ roots?

How can I prove, that a polynomial function $$f(x) = \sum_{0\le k \le n}a_k x^k\qquad n\in\mathbb N,\ a_k\in\mathbb C$$ is zero for at most $n$ different values of $x$? (Except $n=0$ where $f(x)$ is $...
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Create polynomial coefficients from its roots

Given some roots : $r_1,r_2,\ldots,r_n$, how can we reconstruct polynomial coefficients? I know the Horner scheme and that we can just go backwards receiving those coefficients. But I'm curious if ...
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Polynomial $p(a) = 1$, why does it have at most 2 integer roots?

The question that I am trying to answer is : Suppose is $p(x)$ is a polynomial with integer coefficients. Show that if $p(a) = 1$ for some integer a then $p(x)$ has at most two integer roots. I have ...
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Roots of the incomplete gamma function

Is there any way that one can describe all the roots of the incomplete gamma function $\Gamma(n,z)$, for $n\in \mathbb{N}$, analytically?
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Find the root of the polynomial?

Consider the root of the polynomial $p(x) = x^n+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+a_{n-2}x^{n-2}+\dots+a_1x -1$. Suppose that $p(x)$ has no roots in the open unit disc in a complex plane and $p(-1)=0$. Show that $p(1)...
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Something strange about $\sqrt{ 4+ \sqrt{ 4 + \sqrt{ 4-x}}}=x$ and its friends

This post can be generalized to, $$\begin{align} \sqrt{ 2+ \sqrt{ 2 + \sqrt{ 2-x}}}=x&,\quad\quad x = -2\cos\left(\frac{8\pi}{9}\right)=1.8793\dots\quad\quad\quad \\ \\ \sqrt{ 4+ \sqrt{ 4 + \sqrt{...
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Why is it so hard to find the roots of polynomial equations?

The question that follows was inspired by this question: When trying to solve for the roots of a polynomial equation, the quadratic formula is much more simple than the cubic formula and the cubic ...
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Irreducibility of a polynomial if it has no root (Capelli) [duplicate]

Let $F$ be a field of arbitrary characteristic, $a\in F$, and $p$ a prime number. Show that $$f(X)=X^p-a$$ is irreducible in $F[X]$ if it has no root in $F$. This answer to a related question ...
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The trigonometric solution to the solvable DeMoivre quintic?

Using the relations for the Rogers-Ramanujan cfrac described in this post, $$\frac{1}{r}-r = x$$ $$\frac{1}{r^5}-r^5 = y$$ and eliminating $r$ yields, $$x^5+5x^3+5x = y$$ This is the case $a=1$ ...
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Proof the Legendre polynomial $P_n$ has $n$ distinct real zeros

I need a proof to show that the inequality $m < n$ leads to a contradiction and $P_n$ has $n$ distinct real roots, all of which lie in the open interval $(-1, 1)$.
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How to solve polynomial equations in a field and/or in a ring?

I'm studying for my exam, and I stuck on solving polynomials in a field and/or in a ring. Let me give you some examples: (1) Solve equation $x^2+4x+3=0$ in field $\mathbb{Z}_5$, $\mathbb{Z}_8$ and in ...
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Prove $\sqrt{a} + \sqrt{b} + \sqrt{c} \ge ab + bc + ca$

Let $a,b,c$ are non-negative numbers, such that $a+b+c = 3$. Prove that $\sqrt{a} + \sqrt{b} + \sqrt{c} \ge ab + bc + ca$ Here's my idea: $\sqrt{a} + \sqrt{b} + \sqrt{c} \ge ab + bc + ca$ $2(\...
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Complex roots of $z^3 + \bar{z} = 0$

I'm trying to find the complex roots of $z^3 + \bar{z} = 0$ using De Moivre. Some suggested multiplying both sides by z first, but that seems wrong to me as it would add a root ( and I wouldn't know ...
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Why not write the solutions of a cubic this way?

For the solution of the cubic equation $x^3 + px + q = 0$ Cardano wrote it as: $$\sqrt[3]{-\frac{q}{2} + \sqrt{\frac{q^2}{4} + \frac{p^3}{27}}}+\sqrt[3]{-\frac{q}{2} - \sqrt{\frac{q^2}{4} + \frac{p^3}...
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Let $x_n$ be the (unique) root of $\Delta f_n(x)=0$. Then $\Delta x_n\to 1$

Note that by Cesaro's Theorem, we have as a consequence $$\frac{x_n}n\to 1$$ Consider $$r_n(x)=e^{-x}-\sum_{k=0}^n (-1)^k\frac{x^k}{k!}$$ and $$f_n(x)=(-1)^{n+1}e^{-x}r_n(x)$$ One can argue by $r_n(...
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$\lambda-z-e^{-z}=0$ has one solution in the right half plane

Let $\lambda > 1$ , want to show that the equation $$\lambda-z-e^{-z}=0$$ has exactly one solution in the right half plane $\{z:Re(z)>0\}$. Moreover, the solution must be real.I tried to use ...
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Solving $\sqrt{7x-4}-\sqrt{7x-5}=\sqrt{4x-1}-\sqrt{4x-2}$

Where do I start to solve a equation for x like the one below? $$\sqrt{7x-4}-\sqrt{7x-5}=\sqrt{4x-1}-\sqrt{4x-2}$$ After squaring it, it's too complicated; but there's nothing to factor or to expand?...
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Finding real roots of $ P(x)=x^8 - x^7 +x^2 -x +15$

Let $ P(x)=x^8 - x^7 +x^2 -x +15 $, Descartes' Rule of Signs tells us that the polynomial has 4 positive real roots , but if we group the terms as $$ P(x)= x(x-1)(x^6+1) +15 $$ we find that $ P(x) $ ...
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How to solve in radicals this family of equations for any degree $k$?

Part I. Given any constant $a,b$, the equation in $x$, $$\left(\frac{x+\sqrt{x^2+4a}}{2}\right)^{k}+\left(\frac{x-\sqrt{x^2+4a}}{2}\right)^{k}=b\tag1$$ is solvable in radicals for any degree $k$. ...
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Find real roots of the equation

Find all real solutions to $$\dfrac{\sqrt{x+1}}{2+\sqrt{2-x}} - \dfrac{\sqrt{x^2-x+2}}{2+\sqrt{-x^2+x+1}} = x^3-x^2-x+1$$ This question is very similar to one of my previous problem, ...
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Location of zeros of a sum of exponentials

Describe the approximate locations of the zeros of the function $$ f(z) = e^{iz}+e^{-iz}+e^z $$ lying outside the circle $|z|=R >>1$. Another prelim problem. For Rouche's theorem we need to ...
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How to tell if a quartic equation has a multiple root.

Is there any way to tell whether a quartic equation has double or triple root(s)? $$x^4 + a x^3 + b x^2 + c x + d = 0$$
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Real Roots and Differentiation

Prove that the equation $x^5 − 1102x^4 − 2015x = 0$ has at least three real roots. so do i sub in values of negative and positive values of x to show that there are at least three real roots? the ...
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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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complex zeros of the polynomials $\sum_{k=0}^{n} z^k/k!$ inside balls

this is a question from a Temple prelim exam, and i'm trapped in it! We have $p_n(z)=\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{z^k}{k!}$ and we have to prove that $\forall r>0 \quad \exists N\in\mathbb{N}$ s.t. $p_n(z)$ ...
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How to find the roots of $x^4 +1$

I'm trying to find the roots of $x^4+1$. I've already found in this site solutions for polynomials like this $x^n+a$, where $a$ is a negative term. I don't remember how to solve an equation when $a$ ...
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$n \approxeq k + 2^{2^k}(k+1)$. How can one get the value of $k(n)$ from this equation?

I am trying to find approximation for this sum. Asymptotic approximation of sum $\sum_{k=0}^{n}\frac{{n\choose k}}{2^{2^k}}$ Doing following way. Let $a_k(n) = \frac{n\choose k}{2^{2^k}}$. I tried to ...
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How to solve cubic equations with given coefficients?

I have a large data set that requires a cubic equation to be solved for each point. There are too many points to use Goal Seek (numerical Excel method) on them all. For example: $$y=7\cdot 10^{-7}x^...
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Rational roots of polynomials

Can one construct a sequence $(a_k)_{k\geqslant 0}$ of rational numbers such that, for every positive integer $n$ the polynomial $a_nX^n+a_{n-1}X^{n-1}+\cdots +a_0$ has exactly $n$ distinct rational ...
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AM-GM-HM Triplets

I want to understand what values can be simultaneously attained as the arithmetic (AM), geometric (GM), and harmonic (HM) means of finite sequences of positive real numbers. Precisely, for what points ...
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Patterns of the zeros of the Faulhaber polynomials (modified)

Faulhaber polynomial of order $p \in \Bbb{N}$ is defined as the unique polynomial of degree $p+1$ satisfying $$ S_{p}(n) = \sum_{k=1}^{n} k^p $$ for $n = 1, 2, 3, \cdots$. For example, \begin{align*...
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Fastest Square Root Algorithm

What is the fastest algorithm for finding the square root of a number? I created one that can find the square root of "987654321" to 16 decimal places in just 20 iterations (I'm not ready to release ...
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How can I prove $\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}…}}}}=2$ [duplicate]

How can I prove $$\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}^{\sqrt{2}...}}}}=2$$ I don't know which method can be used for this?
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Galois groups of polynomials and explicit equations for the roots

Lets say I have calculated the galois group of some polynomial and I also have the subgroup structure. What's an effective procedure to turn the group into equations for the actual roots of the ...
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All roots of the quartic equation $a x^4 + b x^3 + x^2 + x + 1 = 0$ cannot be real

Problem Prove that all roots of $a x^4 + b x^3 + x^2 + x + 1 = 0$ cannot be real. Here $a,b \in \mathbb R$, and $a \neq 0$. Source This is one of the previous year problem of Regional ...
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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 $m+n+...
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Roots of Legendre Polynomial

I was wondering if the following properties of the Legendre polynomials are true in general. They hold for the first ten or fifteen polynomials. Are the roots always simple (i.e., multiplicity $1$)? ...
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Can the real and imaginary parts of $\dfrac{\sin z}z$ be simplified?

I have calculated the real and imaginary parts of $\dfrac{\sin z}z.$ I've obtained $$\begin{eqnarray} \frac{\sin z}z&=&\frac{\sin(x+iy)}{(x+iy)}\\ &=& \frac{\sin(x)\cosh(y)+i\cos(x)\...
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How to find roots of $f(z)=(a+yg(z))^2+g(z)^2=0$?

I want to find the roots of $$f(z)=\left[a+zg(z)\right]^2+g(z)^2=0$$ Where $a$ is real number and: $$ g(z)=\frac{1}{2\sqrt{z^2+1}}\ln\left(\frac{z+\sqrt{z^2+1}}{z-\sqrt{z^2+1}}\right) $$ It said ...
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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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Prove $\sqrt[3]{3} \notin \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{2})$

I've tried solving $\sqrt[3]{3} =a + b* \sqrt[3]{2}+c* \sqrt[3]{4}$, but there is no obvious contradiction, even when taking the norms/traces of both sides. I can't think of another approach. This is ...
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Solve $ 1 + \dfrac{\sqrt{x+3}}{1+\sqrt{1-x}} = x + \dfrac{\sqrt{2x+2}}{1+\sqrt{2-2x}} $

Solve for $x \in \mathbb{R}$ $$ 1 + \dfrac{\sqrt{x+3}}{1+\sqrt{1-x}} = x + \dfrac{\sqrt{2x+2}}{1+\sqrt{2-2x}} $$ I tried some substitutions and squaring but that didn't help. I also tried ...