a)
Find integer roots.
b)
and is a reciprocal equation.
Start by identifying that:
x^4 + x^3 -7x^2 -x +6 = 0
So x(x^3 + x^2 - 7x -1) = -6
--> x^2(x^2 + x -7) = -5
--> x^3(x +1) = 2
--> x^4(1) = 1
Therefore, your first x is going to be 1, and your second x is going to be -1.
Next, use these roots to synthetically divide the equation down into something simpler or merely factor out the roots (x+1) and (x-1).
You are left with (x+1)(x-1)(x^2 + x -6) which simplifies to (x+1)(x-1)(x+3)(x-2).
After looking at the graph in your graphing calculator, you can start by applying the Rational Roots Test to get a list of possible rational (fractional or whole-number) zeroes.
Then you can try them (picking the more-likely options from the list by comparing with the calculator's picture) in synthetic division. Whichever values give you a "zero" remainder are valid roots.
Then you apply the same process to whatever is remaining. The steps are illustrated here. :wink: