# Roots of the equation

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• Jun 9th 2010, 09:12 AM
dynamicsagar
Roots of the equation
Hello,
Please help me through this problem:

(1) Set $y=1/(px+q)$ to find the equation whose roots are $1/(p\alpha+q)$ and $1/(p\beta+q)$

Thank you.
• Jun 9th 2010, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by dynamicsagar
Hello,
Please help me through this problem:

(1) Set $y=1/(px+q)$ to find the equation whose roots are $1/(p\alpha+q)$ and $1/(p\beta+q)$

Thank you.

I don't see what the substitution is for. If we know that a polynomial has only two roots, $1/(p\alpha+q)$ and $1/(p\beta+q)$, each with multiplicity 1, then we can immediately write

$f(x)=k\left(x-\frac{1}{p\alpha+q}\right)\left(x-\frac{1}{p\beta+q}\right), k \in \mathbb{R}, k \ne 0$

Maybe the question wants it in this form?

$f(x)=k(x-y_{\alpha})(x-y_{\beta}), k \in \mathbb{R}, k \ne 0$
• Jun 9th 2010, 11:22 AM
dynamicsagar
The remainder of the question
Hello,

Sorry; I forgot to type the first half of the question.

(1) Let $\alpha$ and $\beta$ be the roots of the equation $ax^2+bx+c=0$. The rest of the question goes as written in the first post.

Sagar
• Jun 10th 2010, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by dynamicsagar
Hello,
Please help me through this problem:

(1) Set $y=1/(px+q)$ to find the equation whose roots are $1/(p\alpha+q)$ and $1/(p\beta+q)$

Thank you.

Have you worked this out yet? I'm still not sure what to make of the problem. The word "the" marked in red above can't be right, because there are an infinite number of functions that have those roots.

There's a straightforward albeit messy way to express a new polynomial with those roots in terms of just a,b,c. The function I wrote above in terms of alpha and beta is symmetric in alpha and beta. Without loss of generality, let $\alpha=\frac{-b+\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$ and let $\beta=\frac{-b-\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$. Substitute in and you have your equation. (Choice of $k$ is arbitrary; for simplicity, you can let $k=1$.)

I still don't know what setting $y=1/(px+q)$ is supposed to accomplish, but maybe I could figure it out by looking at an example in your book. Possibly it's something obvious that I'm just not seeing. If you have the intended solution and wish to post it, I'd be curious to see.