determine the splitting field K/Q and calculate [K:Q]

i)$\displaystyle X^{4}-5$

I think i understand just need reasurance

spliting field $\displaystyle (x^{2}-\sqrt{5})(x^{2}+\sqrt{5})$

[K:Q] =4 because $\displaystyle x^{4} - 5$ is min polynomial

But you haven't yet determined $\displaystyle K$ , and its degree is wrong: certainly $\displaystyle [\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{5}):\mathbb{Q}]=4$ , but this extension field of the rationals is NOT

the splitting field of the given pol. over the rationals since it doesn't contain ALL its roots...for example, $\displaystyle \sqrt[4]{5}\,i$ is a root of the pol. that isn't contained in $\displaystyle \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{5})$.

What you did is just fine to find the roots: $\displaystyle x^4-5=(x^2-\sqrt{5})(x^2+\sqrt{5})$ , but then it must be clear that both roots of the rightmost factor are complex non-real ( in fact, a conjugate pair: $\displaystyle \pm \sqrt[4]{5}\,i$ ) , so they aren't contained in a real field as $\displaystyle \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[4]{5})$ .

Take it from here and try now to find explicitly what $\displaystyle K$ is and its degree over the rationals.

2)$\displaystyle x^{4}-7x^{2}+10$

splitting field $\displaystyle (x^{2}-5)(x^{2}-2)$

[K:Q] = 4

is this all correct?

This time the degree is correct (though you gave no explanation at all...(Doh) ) but again you haven't explicitly described the splitting field $\displaystyle K$ ...

Tonio

thanks bobisback