Find the value of a, b, and c given:
$a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = 129$
$ab + ac + bc = -4$
$(a^2)(b^2) + (a^2)(c^2) + (b^2)(c^2)$ = 984
I attempted this problem using elementary symmetrical polynomials and found that the second equation can be written as $e_2(a, b, c)$. However, the squares in the other equations made me quite confused and I was unable to write them in the previous from. If I was able to write it in the form of elementary symmetrical polynomials, I should have been able to use simple substitution to find the value of $e_1, e_2$, and $e_3$. This then would have allowed me to form a cubic equation, where I could find the solutions by solving it.
However, as I mentioned before, I'm a little bit stuck on the part where I need to find the values of $e_1, e_2, e_3$. Any help would be extremely appreciated :) Also, is there any other way to solve for a, b, and c using elementary symmetric polynomials and substitution, but not cubic equations?
Thanks to @Gerry_Myerson, I've worked out that the first equation is:
$(e_1)^2 - 2e_2 = 129$
and the second equation is:
$e_2 = -4$
However, I still don't know how to work out the last one.