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    Algebraic number

    Hi.

    End of semester cram time. Professor snuck in the definition of an algebraic number in our assignment.

    I have been able to figure out that

    6 + \sqrt[4]{2}

    is an algebraic number because it is a root of (x-6)^4-2

    What about something like:

    \sqrt{2} + \sqrt{-7}

    (x)^2+7 and  (x)^2-2

    Then, my mind goes numb on how to put those together.

    Please help.

    Thank you.
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    Let a = \sqrt{2}+\sqrt{7}. Then a^2=2+2\sqrt{14}+7=9+2\sqrt{14}. Thus (a^2-9)^2=4\times 14 = 56 and a is a root of (x^2-9)^2-56.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno J. View Post
    Let a = \sqrt{2}+\sqrt{7}. Then a^2=2+2\sqrt{14}+7=9+2\sqrt{14}. Thus (a^2-9)^2=4\times 14 = 56 and a is a root of (x^2-9)^2-56.
    Aha! Exactly what I needed: a systematic approach. I can now do the 15 other ones similar to this.

    Thank you very much!!!!
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    You are very welcome. Good luck!
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