I have this equation x^3 + ax^2 + bx + c

I know x = 3/(7^(1/3) - 2) is a solution.

How can I find a, b, c when they are all integers?

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- May 27th 2007, 04:11 PMhsmath1918third-degree polynomial integer coefficients
I have this equation x^3 + ax^2 + bx + c

I know x = 3/(7^(1/3) - 2) is a solution.

How can I find a, b, c when they are all integers? - May 27th 2007, 06:21 PMThePerfectHacker
You have that $\displaystyle x = \frac{3}{7^{1/3} - 2}$ is a solution.

So,

$\displaystyle \frac{3}{x} = 7^{1/3} - 2$

$\displaystyle \frac{3}{x} + 2 = 7^{1/3}$

Cube both sides,

$\displaystyle \frac{27}{x^3} + \frac{54}{x^2} + \frac{36}{x}+ 8 = 7$

Multiply by $\displaystyle x^3$ thus:

$\displaystyle 27 + 54x+36x^2+8x^3 = 7x^3$

Thus, $\displaystyle x^3 + 36x^2 + 54x+27=0$ - May 27th 2007, 06:41 PMSoroban
Hello, hsmath1918!

Quote:

I have this equation: .$\displaystyle x^3 + ax^2 + bx + c \:=\:0$

I know $\displaystyle x = \frac{3}{\sqrt[3]{7} - 2}$ is a solution.

How can I find $\displaystyle a,\,b,\,c$ when they are all integers?

There may be*many*cubic equations with that solution . . . or not.

Here is one of them . . .

We have: .$\displaystyle x \:=\:\frac{3}{\sqrt[3]{7} -2}\quad\Rightarrow\quad\left(\sqrt[3]{7} - 2\right)x\:=\:3$

. . $\displaystyle \sqrt[3]{7}x - 2x\:=\:3\quad\Rightarrow\quad \sqrt[3]{7}x \:=\:2x + 3$

Cube both sides: .$\displaystyle \left(\sqrt[3]{7}x\right)^3\:=\:(2x + 3)^3\quad\Rightarrow\quad7x^3\:=\:8x^3 + 36x^2 + 54x + 27$

Therefore, an equation is: .$\displaystyle x^3 + 36x^2 + 54x + 27\;=\;0$