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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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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 ...
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Are the solutions of $x^{x^{x^{x^{\cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}}}}}}=2$ correct?

Problem: Find $x$ in $$\large x^{x^{x^{x^{ \cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}} }}}}=2$$ Trick: $x^{x^{x^{x^{\cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}}}}}}=2$, so, $x^{(x^{x^{x^{\cdot^{{\cdot}^{\cdot}}}}})}=x^2=2$, and, ...
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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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Showing that the roots of a polynomial with descending positive coefficients lie in the unit disc.

Let $P(z)=a_nz^n+\cdots+a_0$ 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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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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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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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} + ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Using Vieta's theorem for cubic equations to derive the cubic discriminant

Background: Vieta's Theorem for cubic equations says that if a cubic equation $x^3 + px^2 + qx + r = 0$ has three different roots $x_1, x_2, x_3$, then $$\begin{eqnarray*} -p &=& x_1 + x_2 ...
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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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Find all real zeros of $f(x)=2x^3+10x^2+5x-12$

Hey guys I'm having a little trouble with one problem: Find all real zeros of $$f(x)=2x^3+10x^2+5x-12.$$ I got $x=-4,(2x^2+2x-3)$. I'm just having trouble using the quadratic formula to get ...
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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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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, ...
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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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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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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: $\sqrt{a} + \sqrt{b} + \sqrt{c} \ge ab + bc + ca$ ...
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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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How was Euler able to create an infinite product for sinc by using its roots?

In the Wikipedia page for the Basel problem, it says that Euler, in his proof, found that $$\begin{align*} \frac{\sin(x)}{x} &= \left(1 - \frac{x}{\pi}\right)\left(1 + \frac{x}{\pi}\right)\left(1 ...
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Multiple choice question - number of real roots of $x^6 − 5x^4 + 16x^2 − 72x + 9$

The equation $x^6 − 5x^4 + 16x^2 − 72x + 9 = 0$ has (A) exactly two distinct real roots (B) exactly three distinct real roots (C) exactly four distinct real roots (D) six distinct real roots
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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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How prove this $\displaystyle\lim_{n\to \infty}\frac{n}{\ln{(\ln{n}})}\left(1-a_{n}-\frac{n}{\ln{n}}\right)=-1$

let equation $x^n+x=1$ have positive root $a_{n}$. show that $$\displaystyle\lim_{n\to \infty}\dfrac{n}{\ln{(\ln{n}})}\left(1-a_{n}-\dfrac{n}{\ln{n}}\right)=-1$$ some hours ago,it prove that ...
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How to find the number of real roots of the given equation?

The number of real roots of the equation $$2 \cos \left( \frac{x^2+x}{6} \right)=2^x+2^{-x}$$ is (A) $0$, (B) $1$, (C) $2$, (D) in finitely many. Trial: $$\begin{align} 2 \cos \left( ...
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Order of growth of $ \prod_{n=1}^{+\infty} (1-e^{-2\pi n}\cdot e^{2\pi i z})$

The order of an entire function $f$ id defined as $$ord ( f) = inf \{\lambda \geq 0 \ | \ \exists A, B > 0 \ s.t. \ |f(z)|\leq Ae^{B|z|^{\lambda}} \forall z \in \mathbb{C} \}$$ I have $F(z) = ...
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Proving that $\sum\limits_{n = 0}^{2013} a_n z^n \neq 0$ if $a_0 > a_1 > \dots > a_{2013} > 0$ and $|z| \leq 1$

I'm going to teach a preparation course for the complex analysis qualifying exam from my university (which basically consists of me doing some problems from past exams) and I'm trying to solve some ...
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Minimum Modulus Principle for a constant fuction in a simple closed curve

Suppose that $f$ is analytic on a domain $D$, which contains a simple closed curve $\gamma$ and the inside of $\gamma$. If $|f|$ is constant on $\gamma$, then I want to prove that either $f$ is ...
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What is the Most Efficient Way to Calculate the Internal Rate of Return?

I have built a program that prices financial assets and it does this in part by calculating the IRR. The problem is that it does not run as quickly as I would like it to. I currently use the ...
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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 do iterative methods applied to the companion matrix of a polynomial $p(\lambda)$ relate to $p$ itself?

A few days ago, I had a vague question in my mind about "matrix methods" for finding roots of a polynomial. Now I can ask at least a semi-precise question, thanks to the post How to calculate complex ...
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If $(2x^2-3x+1)(2x^2+5x+1)=9x^2$,then prove that the equation has real roots.

If $(2x^2-3x+1)(2x^2+5x+1)=9x^2$,then prove that the equation has real roots. MY attempt: We can open and get a bi quadratic but that is two difficult to show that it has real roots.THere must be an ...
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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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$p_n(x)=p_{n-1}(x)+p_{n-1}^{\prime}(x)$, then all the roots of $p_k(x)$ are real

$p_0(x)=a_mx^m+a_{m-1}x^{m-1}+\dotsb+a_1x+a_0(a_m,\dotsc,a_1,a_0\in\Bbb R)$ is a polynomial, and $$p_n(x)=p_{n-1}(x)+p_{n-1}^{\prime}(x),\qquad n=1,2,\dotsc$$ then, there exist $N\in\Bbb N$, such ...
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How to show that a root of the equation $x (x+1)(x+2) … (x+2009) = c $ can have multiplicity at most 2?

How to show that a root of the equation $$x (x+1)(x+2) ....... (x+2009) = c $$ can have multiplicity at most 2 , and to find the value of $ c $ for which this is possible. I proceeded by using the ...
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Can we prove that the solutions of $\int_0^y \sin(\sin(x)) dx =1$ are irrational?

Can we prove that the solutions of $$\int_0^y \sin(\sin(x)) dx =1$$ are irrational? Wolfram Alpha gives two approximate sets of solutions as $\{4.58+2\pi k|k\in\mathbb{Z}\}$ and $\{1.69+2\pi ...
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What we can say about $-\sqrt{2}^{-\sqrt{2}^{-\sqrt{2}^\ldots}}$?

Problem: How we can strictly prove $-\sqrt{2}^{-\sqrt{2}^{-\sqrt{2}^\ldots}}$ can't be 2? Can $-\sqrt{2}^{-\sqrt{2}^{-\sqrt{2}^\ldots}}$ have the value expressed by complex numbers? (See below, in ...
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Why does the discriminant of a cubic polynomial being less than 0 indicate complex roots?

The discriminant $\Delta = 18abcd - 4b^3d + b^2 c^2 - 4ac^3 - 27a^2d^2$ of the cubic polynomial $ax^3 + bx^2 + cx+ d$ indicates not only if there are repeated roots when $\Delta$ vanishes, but also ...
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Game of polynomials

Written on a blackboard is the polynomial $x^2+x+2014$.Calvin and Peter take turns alternatively (starting with Calvin) in the following game. During his turn, Calvin should either increase or ...
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Coefficients of a polynomial also are the roots of the polynomial?

How many real solutions $(r_1, r_2, \cdots, r_n)$ are there such that $(r_1, r_2, \cdots, r_n)$ are the roots of the polynomials $x^{n} + r_1 x^{n-1} + r_2 x^{n-2} + \cdots + r_n$ For $n = 2, 3, 4$ I ...
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Zeros of Fourier transform of a function in $C[-1,1]$

I am trying to prove the following: Let $g \in C[-1,1]$. Then the function $$G(z) = \int_{-1}^1 e^{itz}g(t)dt$$ has infinitely many zeros. I know that $G(z)$ is entire and $\lim_{x \to \pm ...
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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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Can $x^3+3x^2+1=0$ be solved using high school methods?

I encountered the following problem in a high-school math text, which I wasn't able to solve using factorization/factor theorem: Solve $x^3+3x^2+1=0$ Am I missing something here, or is indeed a more ...
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On applying the quadratic formula to a first-degree equation

You're probably thinking, "Why?" Please let me explain... It is (very) well-known that $$ \forall (a,b,c,x) \in \mathbb{C}^* \times \mathbb{C}^3: ax^2 + bx + c = 0 \Leftrightarrow x = \frac{-b \pm ...
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Fitting a closed curve on the roots of ${x \choose k}-c$

Let $${n \choose k} = \frac1{(n+1) \operatorname{B}(n-k+1, k+1)}.$$ be the generalized binomial coefficient, and here $\operatorname{B}$ is the Beta function. Let $f_{k,c}(x)$ be the following ...
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Number of roots of $x^a-1=0$ with $a \in \mathbb{C}$

It is well known that $x^2-1=0$ has two roots in $\mathbb{C}$, namely $\pm 1$. In general $x^n-1=0$ has exactly $n$ roots in $\mathbb{C}$. But what happens when $n$ is non integer (rational or real or ...