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## what are the roots of find the roots of p(x)=x^4-4x^2-4x-1

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# 3 Answers

-1 is a root by rational root theorem.

-1| 1 0 -4 -4 -1

-1 1 3 1

1 -1 -3 -1 0

Using synthetic division we see that (x

^{4}+0x^{3}-4x^{2}-4x-1)/(x-(-1))=x^{3}-x^{2}-3x-1Again -1 is a root by the rational roots theorem

Again we use synthetic division

-1| 1 -1 -3 -1

-1 2 1

1 -2 -1 0

(x

^{3}-x^{2}-3x-1)/(x+1)=x^{2}-2x-1 whose roots are, by the quadratic formula(2±√8)/2 or 1+√2 and 1-√2

x^4-4x^2-4x-1=x^4-4x(x+1)-1=x^4-1-4x(x+1)

(x^4-1)-4x(x+1)=(x^2-1)(x^2+1)-4x(x+1)

(x-1)(x+1)(x^2+1)-4x(x+1)=(x+1)[(x-1)(x^2+1)-4x]

(x+1)(x^3-x^2+x-1-4x)=(x+1)(x^3-x^2-3x-1)

we know -1 is a root

I thought that I could factor x^3-x^2-3x-1 by grouping again like in the beginning but not so-

look at the rational roots theorem:
+factors of -1/factors of coefficient of x^3; it appears -1 is a root again

(x^3-x^2-3x-1)/(x+1)=x^2-2x-1(I divided on paper to get my answer)

as you can see in the other solution(s) that synthetic division is much easier

for example using x^3-x^2-3x-1 and synthetic division we have:

-1 1 -1 -3 -1

-1 2 1

1 -2 -1 0

so now we have to work with x^2-2x-1 using the quadratic equation

[-b+sqrt(b^2-4ac)]/2a=[2+sqrt(4+4)]/2=[2+sqrt(8)]/2=[2+2sqrt(2)]/2=1+sqrt(2)

Hey Efqeffqe -- the roots we may test are (+/- last term factors) / (+/- 1st term factors).

Try +/- 1 ... -1 works => divide by x+1 ==> x^3 -x^2 -3x -1 ...

-1 works again ... divide by x+1 ==> x^2 -2x -1 => (x^2 -2x +1) -2 ... (x-1)(x-1) - 2 ...

(x-1) = +/- sqrt 2 ==> x = 1 +/- sqrt 2

Four roots: -1, -1, 1+ sqrt 2, 1- sqrt 2 ... Best regards :)