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    Factorizing Problem

    Hello All,

    Need a little help finding the roots for:

    m^6 - 8
    Let A= x^2
    (a)^3 - 8= 0

    (a)^3 = 8   Therefore, a^3 = 8  so, a^2 = 8  hence,  (x^2 - 2)  is one root


    (x^2 - 2) (X^4 + bx + 4) = 0

    After this how do i find the 'b' coefficient...?
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    Re: Factorizing Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by BobBali View Post
    m^6 - 8
    This is a difference of cubes:

    m^6-8 = \left(m^2\right)^3 - 2^3 = \left(m^2-2\right)\left(m^4+2m^2+4\right)

    Set each factor equal to zero. The second factor is actually quadratic in form, so we can use the quadratic formula to find its roots.

    m^6-8=\left(m^2-2\right)\left[\left(m^2\right)^2 + 2\left(m^2\right)+4\right]

    So

    m^2-2 = 0\Rightarrow m=\pm\sqrt2

    and

    \left(m^2\right)^2 + 2\left(m^2\right)+4=0\Rightarrow m^2 = \frac{-2\pm\sqrt{-12}}2

    \Rightarrow m^2 = -1\pm i\sqrt3

    \Rightarrow m = \pm\sqrt{-1+i\sqrt3}\mathrm{\quad or\quad}m=\pm\sqrt{-1-i\sqrt3}
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