Let $ f(x) \in C [x] .$
Suppose $ f(-1+i) = 2+5i $ and $ f(-2-i)=-3. $
Determine the remainder of f(x) divided by $(x+1-i)(x+2+i). $

How would i begin with this question, like how would i determine what f(x) is to begin with?

  • $\begingroup$ Do you know how to approach this question if all if the coeffient of complex numbers were 0? $\endgroup$
    – Calvin Lin
    Mar 29, 2014 at 5:21
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah then its regular long division right? $\endgroup$
    – user136088
    Mar 29, 2014 at 5:42

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Let $\displaystyle f(x)=A(x+1-i)(x+2+i)+B(x+2+i)+C(x+1-i)$

Put $x=-1+i$ and $-2-i$ one by one to find $B,C$


let $\displaystyle f(x)=A(x+1-i)(x+2+i)+Bx+C$

Put $x=-1+i$ and $-2-i$ one by one to find $B,C$

In either cases, $B,C$ are arbitrary constants and $A$ is a polynomial

  • $\begingroup$ What are $A,B,C$? Numbers? Polynomials? $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2014 at 6:02
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson, arbitrary constants independent of $x$ $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2014 at 6:03
  • $\begingroup$ So, you are assuming $f$ is a quadratic? $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2014 at 6:03
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson, sorry $B,C$ are arbitrary constants, $A$ is a polynomial $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2014 at 6:05
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe that information should be edited into your answer. $\endgroup$ Mar 29, 2014 at 6:06

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