1. How many polynomials of deg 3 are there in ? The answer is 500.
2. Find the roots of in . Answer= 4,5,1,2
I know for question 2 the 1,2 comes from the fact that its in Z5, but I cant seem to apply that fact to get 1,2 myself. For question 1, what is the methodology of finding 500? I know that each coefficient can only be 0-4...
Dec 4th 2009, 06:50 PM
For , notice that we only have choices for the coefficient of because it has to be nonzero. We have choices for all the other coefficients, hence we get .