Hi there abit stuck with this problem, i've worked through parts and b and some of c but thats were i'm getting stuck.
The 7th degree polynomial x^7-3x^6-7x^4+21x^3-8x+24 has a factor (x-3)
a) Divide x^7-3x^6-7x^4+21x^3-8x+24 by x-3 and thus:
b) express it in the form (x-3)(ax^6+bx^3+c)
c) By putting z=x^3, find all the factors, real or complex of the 6th degree polynomial and thus:
d) express x^7-3x^6-7x^4+21x^3-8x+24 as the product of 7 linear factors.
I managed part a) and got x^6-7x^3-8 and part b was easy enough
c) i substituted in Z=x^3 and got z^2-7z-8 I then used the quadratic formula and got x = 8 and x =-1
From there i used (x-8) and (X+1) multipled them together and tried polynomial division on x^6-7x^3-8 but that didnt work
then tried the same on x^7-3x^6-7x^4+21x^3-8x+24 and that didn't work.
I'm at a bit of a loss now, so any help on this would be apprecciated!