Show that the cubic equation x^3 + 3x -15 = 0 has only one real root.
Step-by-step guide is appreciated. Thanks
is the discriminant of the cubic equation .
- If the equation has three distinct real roots.
- If the equation has three real roots, not all distinct.
- If the equation has one real root and two complex roots.
get the function f(x)=x^3+3x-15
the first derivative is f'(x) = 3x^2+3 which is > 0 for all real numbers x .this means that the function f(x) =x^3+3x -15 is a monotone increasing function and it will meet once and only once the x-axis ..Thus the equation x^3+3x-15 = 0 has one and only one real root.
the other two roots wil be conjugate complex numbers .