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    Determine all polynominals P(x) (real coeffitients of course) such that for arbitrary number x there is:
    P(x^{2})\times P(x^{3}) = (P(x))^{5}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ununuquantium View Post
    Determine all polynominals P(x) (real coeffitients of course) such that for arbitrary number x there is:
    P(x^{2})\times P(x^{3}) = (P(x))^{5}
    Here is an partial solution. We shall determine all real polynomial P(x) having real zeros that satisfy this.
    First P(x)=C implies C^2 = C \implies C=1\mbox{ or }C=0.

    Now say P(x) is non-constant so P(x) = (x-a_1)(x-a_2)...(x-a_n). Where a_i are not necessrily distinct. (Note P(x) must be a monic polynomial. This is easily to see. Just expand LHS and RHS to the leading term).

    Thus,
    (x^2-a_1)...(x^2-a_n)(x^3-a_1)...(x^3-a_n) = (x-a_1)^5...(x-a_n)^5.

    Now here is the result that we need: The equation x^3 - b = 0 has complex zeros if and only if b\not = 0.

    Look at the LHS at the factors x^3 - a_i. These has complex zeros if a_i\not = 0. But if this is the case then the RHS cannot have the same zeros because it has only real solutions. A contradiction! Thus, a_i = 0 for all 1\leq i \leq n. And hence the only possibility is P(x) = (x-0)(x-0)...(x-0) = x^n.

    And this works because if P(x)=x^n we have (x^2)^n (x^3)^n = (x^n)^5.

    Hence, P(x) = 0\mbox{ or }1\mbox{ or }x^n.
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    I have some questions to this solution:

    1. I cannot see why P(x) is monic polynominal - I mean I see that it must have first coefficient equal to 1, but I cannot see why it must have integer coefficients!

    2. I do not understand that x^{3}-b have complex zeros when b is not equal to 0.

    3. I do not understand why you mean that RHS has got only real zeros! - It has when P(x) is monic??(why??) For example x^{2}+x+1 is monic polynominal - but is does not have real solution. That is why you cannot say that a_{i} are ALL real zeros of P(x)

    4. Why do you say that it is only a partial solution - maybe I did not said the x is not real? So I am sorry, x is REAL.

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    Mayby someone has another solution??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ununuquantium View Post
    1. I cannot see why P(x) is monic polynominal - I mean I see that it must have first coefficient equal to 1, but I cannot see why it must have integer coefficients!
    The word "monic" means the first coefficient is 1 it does not say anything about the other coefficients.

    Note: I made a mistake, I should have been more careful. If the first coefficient is A then this equality leads to (Ax^2+...)(Ax^3+....)=(A^5x^5+....) \implies (A^2x^5+...)=(A^5x^5+...). Thus, A^2 = A^5 \implies A^2(A^3-1)=0. We omit the solution A=0 because we are working with a polynomial of non-zero coefficient. Thus, A^3 - 1 = 0 and hence A=1,\zeta , \zeta^2 where \zeta is the 3rd-root of unity.
    Hence the first coeffcient can be 1,\zeta , \zeta^2. But once you factor that coefficient you have a monic polynomial (the coefficients are not necessarily integers).

    2. I do not understand that x^{3}-b have complex zeros when b is not equal to 0.
    Do you something about complex numbers? The solution to the equation x^3 = b is \sqrt[3]{b} , \sqrt[3]{b}\zeta,\sqrt[3]{b}\zeta where \zeta is the 3rd-root of unity. Now if b \not = 0 these solutions are non-zero and hence complex (provided that b\in \mathbb{R}).


    4. Why do you say that it is only a partial solution?????
    We are considering all the polynomials that have only real zeros. The polynomials that have complex zeros are not being considered here.

    3. I do not understand why you mean that RHS has got only real zeros! - It has when P(x) is monic - but I cannot see it, as I have written above.
    By what is answered to #4 the polynomial P(x) here has only real zeros. So P^5(x) (the RHS) has only real zeros.

    So with my minor mistake fixed the solutions should be this time (for polynomials having zero reals) 0,1,\zeta,\zeta^2,x^n,\zeta x^n,\zeta^2 x^n.

    EDIT: Ignore what I just said on the bottom. I forgot that you said "polynomials with real coefficients". So my original solution is correct.
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    #1 - ok.
    #2 , my stupid mistake, ignore it, i did not see sth, sorry
    #3What if we have x^{2}+x+1 - this polynominal has only complex solutions, and: it's coefficients are real, and x is real, and it is monic.
    ??
    #4 ok

    I just do not understand why you have written:
    P(x) = (x-a_1)(x-a_2)...(x-a_n)
    maybe some
    a_{i} are complex??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ununuquantium View Post
    #3What if we have x^{2}+x+1 - this polynominal has only complex solutions, and: it's coefficients are real, and x is real, and it is monic.


    I just do not understand why you have written:
    P(x) = (x-a_1)(x-a_2)...(x-a_n)
    maybe some
    a_{i} are complex??
    [/QUOTE]
    What I did does not apply to this polynomial. Because I was only doing ones with real zeros not complex.
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    Ok, sorry, I forgot what was the question exactly.

    Thank you very much
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ununuquantium View Post
    Determine all polynominals P(x) (real coeffitients of course) such that for arbitrary number x there is:
    P(x^{2})\times P(x^{3}) = (P(x))^{5}
    Let P(x)=a_nx^n + a_mx^m + .. ,\ n>m \ge 0 be the highest order
    terms, then:

    <br />
(a_nx^n + a_mx^m + ..)^5=(a_nx^{2n} + a_mx^{2m} + ..)(a_nx^{3n} + a_mx^{3m} + .. ) <br />

    expanding these as far as the two highest order terms on each side:

    <br />
a_n^5x^{5n} + 5 a_n^4 a_m x^{4n+m}+..= a_n^2x^{5n}+a_na_mx^{3n+2m}+..<br />

    So by equating exponents of the second heighest order terms we conclude
    that n=m a contradiction. So P(x)=a x^n if n \ge 1, and then we must
    have a^5=a^2, so if a is real a=1.

    This all assumed that n>1, so we need also to check
    if P(x)\equiv 1 and P(x) \equiv 0 are solutions, which they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker View Post
    Hence, P(x) = 0\mbox{ or }1\mbox{ or }x^n.
    This is overdone as P(x)=1 is a case of P(x)=x^n.

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