Hi; When determining rational roots of a polynomial ie b/c or b/q which one is correct and what do the letters mean? Thanks,
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Originally Posted by anthonye Hi; When determining rational roots of a polynomial ie b/c or b/q which one is correct and what do the letters mean? most texts use , though it doesn't really matter what letters are used ... Mathwords: Rational Root Theorem
So the letters don't stand for anything then?
For a polynomial in the form , where , all possible rational roots are in the form , where is a factor of the constant coefficient and is a factor of the leading coefficient . Very easy to prove.
The letters are arbitrary. They don't really stand for anything.
Thanks thats what I was after.
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