For both questions below, solve each equation in the real number system.
 x^3 + (3x^2/2) + 3x - 2 = 0
 2x^4 + x^3 - 24x^2 + 20x + 16 = 0
NOTE: I do not understand the wording "...solve each equation in the real number system."
By trial and error (or the way I did it was to plot the graph), you'll find that is a solution.
Indeed, by polynomial division, we see that:
and we know that cannot be factorised over the Real field as its determinant is less than 0.
Once again, by trial and error (or plot the graph), you'll find that is a solution.
, for neater form:
We know we can't simplify this further as has a determinant which is less than 0, so this second question has and
Given , any rational roots of this polynomial equation will be of the form: . There may, of course, be other real solutions to the equation, but this will give you a list to start with, anyway.
I do apologise, I was doing it at late hours of night while chatting on MSN with others about their weekends.
Thanks for picking it up guys, and yes, I do mean discriminants... and no it wasn't negative, therefore you CAN factorise it.
I certainly look like a little bit of a fool at the moment