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State the possible rational zeros for each function. Then factor each and find all zeros.

f(x) = x^3 - 3x^2 - 9x - 5

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- roderick_youngLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Since the problem statement is to "state the possible rational zeroes," they want not only the actual zeroes, but all candidates by applying the rational root theorem.

Step 1, factor the constant term. The factors are 5 and 1 (and -5 and -1, for these purposes).

Step 2, factor the coefficient of the highest power of x. That's just 1 and -1.

The candidate roots are all possible combinations of the factors from Step 1, divided by all possible combinations of factors from step 2. In this case, it's

5/1, 5/-1, 1/1, 1/-1, -5/1, -5/-1, -1/1, -1/-1

You can see that there are duplicates in the list. Another way to do it is just use all positive numbers, then add minus signs after computing all the quotients. So we have

5, -5, 1, and -1 as candidate roots.

Try each one in the original polynomial, and if you get 0, then it's a root. For example, if you substitute -1 for x, you get 0. That means that (x - -1) is a root. aka (x+1)

In the above, if you got 3 zeroes immediately, you'd be done, but they probably didn't make it that easy. You'll have to divide the original polynomial by (x+1) using synthetic division, and you'll be left with a quadratic, which you can solve to find the other zeroes.

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- no sea naboLv 61 month ago
x³-3x²-9x-5=(x - 5) (x + 1)²

(x - 5) (x + 1)²=0

So

(x-5)=0 and x=5

or

(x+1)=0 and x=-1

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- KrishnamurthyLv 71 month ago
f(x) = x^3 - 3x^2 - 9x - 5

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

Roots:

x = -1

x = 5

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