ALGEBRA EQUATIONS - SOLVING POLYNOMIAL EQUATIONS OF HIGHER DEGREE WITH EXAMPLES

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Please study introduction
given to equations and
Algebra Equations in Math Equations,
if you have not already done so.
We studied about equations
of first degree in one and
two variables and word problems
on them in
Linear Equations.
We also covered equations of
second degree, their solution,
nature of roots, relationship
between roots and coefficients,
word problems in
Quadratic Equations.
In Polynomials,
we covered definition, degree,
zeros of polynomials,
remainder theorem, factor theorem.
Applications of factor theorem
and Synthetic Division to find
the factors of polynomials
were covered in
Algebra Factoring.
Please study all these
before proceeding further.
They are prerequisites here.

Here, we study Polynomial
Equations of higher degree.
In Algebra Equations,
we cover Polynomial Equations.

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Fundamental Theorem of Algebra : Algebra Equations

Every polynomial equation f(x) = 0 of degree
n ≥ 1 has atleast one rootreal or complex.

Based on the Fundamental Theorem
of Algebra and mathematical induction,
we can prove that

Every Polynomial equation of degree n ≥ 1 has only n roots real or imaginary and no more.


This is an important point in Algebra Equations.





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Relation between the roots and coefficients of an nth degree equation :
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Consider the nth degree equation
xn + p1x(n - 1) + p2x(n - 2) + p3x(n - 3) + .......... + pn = 0
Let α1, α2, α34,..........αn be the roots of the equation.
Then,
s1 = sum of the roots
= Σ α1 = (-1)1 p1
s2 = sum of the products of the roots taken two at a time
= Σ α1α2 = (-1)2 p2
s3 = sum of the products of the roots taken three at a time
= Σ α1α2α3 = (-1)3 p3
s4 = sum of the products of the roots taken four at a time
= Σ α1α2α3α4 = (-1)4 p4
...................................................
....................................................
sn = sum of the products of the roots taken all at a time
= α1α2α3α.4..........αn = (-1)n pn

NOTE 1. The above relations are true only when the coefficient of xn is unity. In case it is not unity, the algebra equation shouldbe divided with the coefficient of xn to make it unitybefore writing the above relations between the roots and coefficients.

2. The number of relations we have is same as the degree of the equation.So there are n relations to find n roots. Though, n relations are sufficientto find n unknowns, it is practically difficult to find the roots with thehelp of the relations only.

Usually, we are given something more about the roots.
If that additional data is not given,
we can solve some Algebra Equations
by trial and error, using remainder theorem
or factor theorem, as we did in Algebra Factoring.

3. For n = 3, we get a third degree or cubic algebra equation
x3 + p1x2 + p2x + p3 = 0
Then
s1 = α1 + α2 + α3 = -p1
s2 = α1α2 + α1α3 + α2α3 = p2
s3 = -p3

4. For n = 4, we get a fourth degree or biquadratic algebra equation
x4 + p1x3 + p2x2 + p3x + p4 = 0
Then
s1 = α1 + α2 + α3 + α4 = -p1
s2 = α1α2 + α1α3 + α1α4 + α2α3 + α2α4 + α3α4 = p2
s3 = α1α2α3 + α1α2α4 + α1α3α4 + α2α3α4 = -p3
s
4 = α1α2α3α4 = p4

Revision of knowledge of Progressions :

In solving Algebra Equations,
the following knowledge is useful.

Arithmetic Progression (A.P.) : Quantities are said to be in A.P., ifthe difference of any term and its preceding term is a constant.
Harmonic Progression (H.P.) : Quantities are said to be in H.P., iftheir reciprocals are in A.P.
Geometric Progression (G.P.) : Quantities are said to be in G.P., ifthe ratio of any term and its preceding term is a constant.

For a cubic equation, when the roots are
(i) in A.P., they are taken as α - β, α, α + β
(ii) in H.P., they are taken as 1⁄(α - β), 1⁄α, 1⁄(α + β)
(iii) in G.P., they are taken as α⁄β, α, αβ

For a biquadratic equation, when the roots are
(i) in A.P., they are taken as α - 3β, α - β, α + β, α + 3β
(ii) in H.P., they are taken as 1⁄(α - 3β), 1⁄(α - β), 1⁄α, 1⁄(α + 3β)
(iii) in G.P., they are taken as α⁄β3, α⁄β, αβ, αβ3

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