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    Question How to factorise expression without sollution?

    I've got an expression:  x^4+5x^2+6 . How can I factorise it? All methods I know are based on finding one solution and simplifying the expression to (x-a)(...). But this one is always positive, no matter x, so it's not possible here. It's a polynomial of degree 4, so it must be possible to at least make it to the form a(x^2+bx+c)(x^2+dx+e) How can I do that? (only real numbers, please)
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    Are you sure that there are two variables in your expression ( x and s)? I think they want \left(2+x^2\right) \left(3+x^2\right)...
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    Right, that's a typos.
    x^4+5x^2+6
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    Try look under Application to higher-degree equations.
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    hello
    put x^{2}=u,and factorize.
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    The problem is that in this way I get x^2<0 and I'd rather not mess up with complex numbers.

    edit: To be specific: x^2=-2 \lor x^2=-3 if I've got it right.
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    Re: How to factorise expression without sollution?

    take x^2 = a

    your equation will become

    a^2 + 5a + 6 = 0

    solve this simple quadratic eqn and then put the value of a = x^2 and solve further
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    well, x^4+5x^2+6 has only complex roots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoh View Post
    well, x^4+5x^2+6 has only complex roots.
    Yes, but as far as I know any polynomial can be written in form of multiplied (x-a) and (ax^2+bx+c) (in this case it would be only the latter). Or at least that's what I was taught.
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    well in \mathbb{R} ,the only factorization you can get is (x^2+2) (x^2+3).
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    in your 4^{th} post, (a,b,c) \in  \mathbb{R}^{3}.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoh View Post
    well in \mathbb{R} ,the only factorization you can get is (x^2+2) (x^2+3).
    Ahh, what a fool I am! That's what I was looking for
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