Questions tagged [polynomials]

This tag is used for both basic and advanced questions on polynomials in any number of variables, including, but not limited to solving for roots, factoring and checking for irreducibility.

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Determine polynomial function of degree 4.

The graph of a polynomial function $f(x)$ of degree $4$ with real coefficients has a local maximum at $(-3|3)$ and a local minimum at $(1|0)$ and no other local extremal points. Determine the function....
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Order Polynomial of Matrix Commutative Property

Given a matrix $A$ and a polynomial $P$ as its linear factors $$\prod_{i=1}^{n}(\lambda_i-x)$$ For $P(A)$, does it matter in which order the linear factors are multiplied, seeing as matrix ...
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Kernel of endomorphism for polynomials from $f(x)$ to $f(2x+1)$

I am looking for a kernel of a map, producing $f(2x+1)$ out of $f(x)$. where $f(x)$ is an arbitrary polynomial of degree $n$. I thought of trying to write this transformation as a matrix and then to ...
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Prove that polynomial doesn't admit a particular solution

Prove that the equation$$x^4+(a-2)x^3+(a^2-2a+4)x^2-x+1=0$$ does not admit $$x=-2$$ as a triple root.
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Homomorphisms from $k[x,y]$ to $k[x,x^{-1},y]$

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic zero and let $f$ be a $k$-algebra homomorphism from $k[x,y]$ to $k[x,x^{-1},y]$. Denote $u:=f(x)$ and $v:=f(y)$. Assume that $u=x+\tilde{u}$ and $v=y+\tilde{v}$, ...
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Why is “division by $(z-1)$” valid here?

Is there an easy way to justify: $$x(x-1)(x+1) \equiv x(x^2-1) \Rightarrow (x-1)(x+1) \equiv x^2-1,$$ even for $x=0$? I seemingly have to divide by $x$ which should place the restriction $x \neq 0$ on ...
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