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### Showing that $\sqrt{9+9\sqrt{9+9\sqrt{9+\cdots}}} - \sqrt{8-\sqrt{8-\sqrt{8+\sqrt{8-\sqrt{8-\sqrt{8+\cdots}}}}}} = 1$?

$$\sqrt{9+9\sqrt{9+9\sqrt{9+\cdots}}} - \sqrt{8-\sqrt{8-\sqrt{8+\sqrt{8-\sqrt{8-\sqrt{8+\cdots}}}}}} = 1$$ In the second nested radical, the repeating pattern is $(-,-,+)$. I approached this ...
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### Can you obtain $\pi$ using elements of $\mathbb{N}$, and finite number of basic arithmetic operations + exponentiation?

Is it possible to obtain $\pi$ from finite amount of operations $\{+,-,\cdot,\div,\wedge\}$ on $\mathbb{N}$ (or $\mathbb{Q}$, the answer will still be the same), note that set of all real numbers ...
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### What is $\textit{the}$ discriminant of a degree $n$ polynomial?

In my high school algebra class the teacher (who is me) says that the discriminant of a quadratic polynomial $ax^2 + bx + c$ is $b^2 - 4ac$. I have read in the Wikipedia article that the discriminant ...
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### Motivation of Vieta's transformation

The depressed cubic equation $y^3 +py + q = 0$ can be solved with Vieta's transformation (or Vieta's substitution) $y = z - \frac{p}{3 \cdot z}.$ This reduces the cubic equation to a quadratic ...
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### Inverse of $f(x) = xe^x-x$
I'm wondering if there is a way to obtain the inverse of the function $y=xe^x-x$. I am aware of the use of Lambert's W function in the inverse of $xe^x$ but as can be seen this is a different animal ...