# Questions tagged [roots]

Questions about the set of values at which a given function evaluates to zero. For questions about "square roots", "cube roots" and such, consider using the (radicals) and the (arithmetic) tag. For questions about roots of Lie algebras, use the (lie-algebra) tag instead.

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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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### 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 $\mathbb C$,...
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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 $P(z)=a_0+a_1z+\cdots+a_nz^n$ 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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### Can we permute the coefficients of a polynomial so that it has NO real roots?

Let $P(x)=a_{2n}x^{2n}+a_{2n-1}x^{2n-1}+\ldots+a_{0}$ be an even degree polynomial with positive coefficients. Is it possible to permute the coefficients of $P(x)$ so that the resulting polynomial ...
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### Find all roots of $\,(x + 1)(x + 2)(x + 3)^2(x + 4)(x + 5) = 360$

The question is to find all complex roots of $$(x + 1)(x + 2)(x + 3)^2(x + 4)(x + 5) = 360$$ and it is meant to be solved by hand. Is there any quick way to solve this using some trick that I'm not ...
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### Number of real zeroes of iterated polynomial: $x^3-2x+1$

If $P(x)=x^3-2x+1$, define $z_n$ as the number of real roots of the polynomial $P^{\circ n}(x)$, where the superscript denotes $n$-fold composition. Can we find a general formula for $z_n$, or perhaps ...
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### Find all polynomials $\sum_{k=0}^na_kx^k$, where $a_k=\pm2$ or $a_k=\pm1$, and $0\leq k\leq n,1\leq n<\infty$, such that they have only real zeroes

Find all polynomials $\sum_{k=0}^na_kx^k$, where $a_k=\pm2$ or $a_k=\pm1$, and $0\leq k\leq n,1\leq n<\infty$, such that they have only real zeroes. I've been thinking about this question, but I'...
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### How to show that a polynomial does not have real roots

How to show generally that a polynomial does not have real roots. Well, for eg lets take the polynomial $x^8-x^7+x^2-x+15$ . Here the power($n=8$) is even so it can have real roots or it might not ...
### How would you find the exact roots of $y=x^3+x^2-2x-1$?
My friend asked me what the roots of $y=x^3+x^2-2x-1$ was. I didn't really know and when I graphed it, it had no integer solutions. So I asked him what the answer was, and he said that the $3$ roots ...
### 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, ...