help please. i tried using the p/q method, but when i graphed it the roots were all fractions.
how do i factor 2x^3 -9x^2 +2x+3?
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Hey Elizabeth -- if 2x^3 -9x^2 -2x +3, then 1/2 is a root ... divide by 2x-1 to get quadratic :)
Are you sure your coefficients are correct?
This polynomial does not factor in an obvious way. The exact solution requires use of the so-called cubic formula, which involves complex numbers. The three roots are irrational numbers and can be approximated numerically. You get
x1≈-0.458, x2≈0.784, x3≈4.174