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    [SOLVED] Find the real roots...

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    Find the real roots of the equation \frac{18}{x^4} + \frac{1}{x^2} = 4
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    Can you solve 18+x^2=4x^4?
    Hint: 4x^4 -x^2 -18 = (4x^2-9)(x^2+2).
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    Quote Originally Posted by looi76 View Post
    Question:
    Find the real roots of the equation \frac{18}{x^4} + \frac{1}{x^2} = 4
    Multiply through by x^4 and re-arrange to get 4x^4 - x^2 - 18 = 0.

    Let w = x^2 and solve 4w^2 - w - 18 = 0 for w.

    Then solve x^2 = w for x (you'll only use one of the solutions of w to get real roots - why?)
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