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A degree 4 polynomial P(x) with integer coefficients has zeros 5i and 1, with 1 being a zero of multiplicity 2. Moreover, the coefficient of x^4 is 1. Find the polynomial. Note: The polynomial must be expanded so that no imaginary number i appears in the polynomial.

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Update 2:

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5 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    1 being a zero of multiplicity 2. so (x-1)^2 is a facttor

    5i is z zero and integer(or real coefficient) so (x-5i) and (x+5i) are 2 factors

    so p(x) = A (x-1)^2(x-5i)(x+5i) = A (x-1)^2(x^2+25) where A is a constant

    coefficent of x^4 is one so A = 1

    so p(x) = (x-1)^2(x^2+ 25) = (x^2-2x + 1)(x^2+25) = x^4 -2x^3+26x^2-50x + 25

  • 10 years ago

    If the polynomial is of degree 4, the number of complex roots (real and imaginary roots) it has should be 4. Since we already have 5i, and two 1's (because it is of multiplicity 2), then we already have 3 roots. However, irrational and imaginary roots always occur in pairs as conjugates. That is, if you have a root of 5i, then you must have a root of -5i also. This completes our 4 roots. Thus, we have

    f(x) = A(x - 1)^2 (x + 5i) (x - 5i)

    Expanding, we have

    f(x) = A (x^2 - 2x + 1)(x^2 + 25)

    f(x) = A (x^4 - 2x^3 + 26x^2 - 50x + 25)

    Since the coefficient of x^4 is 1, then A must also be 1. Note that the A in front is used to make sure that you get any common factor the original polynomial ever had. Since A will be the coefficient of x^4 when distributed, then it should be 1.

    Thus, the polynomial is

    f(x) = x^4 - 2x^3 + 26x^2 - 50x + 25

    Hope this helps!!!!!

  • 10 years ago

    Two things:

    What the hell does this mean?

    Your HOMEWORK!

    YOU yourself have to figure it out

    Source(s): Common sense
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    why do you need help in math when you have dark hair?

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  • 10 years ago

    get sm help frm ur teacher..... or classmate.......................

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