I need to find x and y in terms of t and s.

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- Oct 17th 2012, 05:35 AM #1

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## Re: s = x^2 + y^2, t = 2xy

We have , or . By Vieta's formulas, x and y are the roots of the quadratic equation .

- Oct 17th 2012, 06:13 AM #3

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## Re: s = x^2 + y^2, t = 2xy

- Oct 17th 2012, 06:27 AM #4

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## Re: s = x^2 + y^2, t = 2xy

Vieta's formulas for quadratic equations are easy to derive. If an equation has roots x and y, then by the polynomial remainder theorem (the link has a short proof). Expanding the right-hand side and equating the coefficients of and z in both sides, we get b = -(x + y) and c = xy. So, x and y are the roots of . You can express the coefficients of this equation through s and t.

Once you have a quadratic equation with roots x and y, they can be expressed through s and t using the quadratic formula.