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    Cool No Real Solutions

    Hey,

    I came upon a problem where I cannot understand why {x^2} + 6 has no real solutions for the polynomial equation f(x) =  - 3({x^2} + 6){({x^2} + 4)^2} . Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Sam
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    You're talking about the equation, but what's f(x)? Is f(x)=0?
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    Yes, f(x) = 0:

    \begin{array}{l} f(x) = - 3({x^2} + 6){({x^2} + 4)^2}\\ f(x) = 0 = - 3({x^2} + 6){({x^2} + 4)^2}\\ 0 \ne - 3\\ 0 = {x^2} + 6\\ 0 = {({x^2} + 4)^2} \end{array}
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    Quote Originally Posted by ArcherSam View Post
    Hey,

    I came upon a problem where I cannot understand why {x^2} + 6 has no real solutions for the polynomial equation f(x) =  - 3({x^2} + 6){({x^2} + 4)^2} . Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Sam
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    Yes, f(x) = 0:

    \begin{array}{l} f(x) = - 3({x^2} + 6){({x^2} + 6)^2}\\ f(x) = 0 = - 3({x^2} + 6){({x^2} + 6)^2}\\ 0 \ne - 3\\ 0 = {x^2} + 6\\ 0 = {({x^2} + 6)^2} \end{array}
    You've changed from (x^2+4)^2 in post 1 to (x^2+6)^2 in post 3. Which is correct?

    In the case of post 3 write f(x) = -3(x^2+6)(x^2+6)^2 = -3(x^2+6)^3
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    Quote Originally Posted by e^(i*pi) View Post
    You've changed from (x^2+4)^2 in post 1 to (x^2+6)^2 in post 3. Which is correct?

    In the case of post 3 write f(x) = -3(x^2+6)(x^2+6)^2 = -3(x^2+6)^3
    {({x^2} + 4)^2} is correct. Sorry about the error.
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    suppose that:

    x^6 + 6 = 0\ \implies x^2 = -6

    which real numbers have negative squares?

    x = 0 \implies x^2 = 0,\ x > 0 \implies x^2 > 0

    x < 0 \implies -x > 0,\ x^2 = (1)(x^2) = (-1)^2x^2 = (-x)^2 > 0
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    LOL, the non-negative property of even exponents has conquered me again. Thanks Deveno.
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    When findin the zeros for. x^2+6 = 0
    x^2 = -6
    x^2 = {sqrt}{-6}

    *Not possible to have square root of a negative number, hence
    no real roots. Also if you graph the parabola for the above
    Quad equation, you will see it is a transaltion of 6units vertically
    up the yaxis, and the graph doesn't cut the xaxis; hence no solutions.
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    Re: No Real Solutions

    When findin the zeros for. x^2+6 = 0
    x^2 = -6
    x = {sqrt}{-6}

    *Not possible to have square root of a negative number, hence
    no real roots. Also if you graph the parabola for the above
    Quad equation, you will see it is a transaltion of 6units vertically
    up the yaxis, and the graph doesn't cut the xaxis; hence no solutions.
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