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    factorization

    Given p(x)=x^3+2x^2-x-2

    If q(y)=y^6+2y^5-4y^4-6y^3+4y^2+2y-1 , find the real number k such that
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q(y)=y^3[(y-\frac{1}{y})^3+2(y-\frac{1}{y})^2-(y-\frac{1}{y})+k] <br />
, y is not 0 .

    By using the substitution x=y-\frac{1}{y} , show that the equation q(y)=0 can be transformed into the equation p(x)=0 .

    THanks ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by thereddevils View Post
    Given p(x)=x^3+2x^2-x-2

    If q(y)=y^6+2y^5-4y^4-6y^3+4y^2+2y-1 , find the real number k such that
     <br /> <br />
q(y)=y^3[(y-\frac{1}{y})^3+2(y-\frac{1}{y})^2-(y-\frac{1}{y})+k] <br />
, y is not 0 .

    By using the substitution x=y-\frac{1}{y} , show that the equation q(y)=0 can be transformed into the equation p(x)=0 .

    THanks ..
    The constant term in \left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^3+2\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^2-\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)+k is -4+k and this has to equal the coefficient of y^3 in q(y). Hence -4+k=-6\ \implies\ k=-2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAbstractionist View Post
    The constant term in \left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^3+2\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^2-\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)+k is -4+k and this has to equal the coefficient of y^3 in q(y). Hence -4+k=-6\ \implies\ k=-2.

    THanks .But i don understand how did u get the constant term ?
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    \left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^3 has no constant term (the terms are in y^3,\,y,\,y^{-1} and y^{-3}). Neither does -\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right) have any constant term. Hence the only constant term besides the k comes from 2\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^2 and that is -4.

    As a last resort, you can expand out \left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^3+2\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)^2-\left(y-\frac{1}{y}\right)+k completely and see what happens.
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    hi
    i have the same problem with 3 constants to find
    Could you please show me how to find them with the same method

    f : x \rightarrow \frac{x^{2}+x-2}{x^{2}+x}
    find a,b and c such :
    f(x) = a + \frac{b}{x}+\frac{c}{x+1}
    x is not 0 nor -1
    thanks a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoh View Post
    hi
    i have the same problem with 3 constants to find
    Could you please show me how to find them with the same method

    f : x \rightarrow \frac{x^{2}+x-2}{x^{2}+x}
    find a,b and c such :
    f(x) = a + \frac{b}{x}+\frac{c}{x+1}
    x is not 0 nor -1
    thanks a lot.

    f:\rightarrow \frac{x^2+x-2}{x^2+x}

    so

    f(x) = a+\frac{b}{x} + \frac{c}{x+1} = \frac{x^2+x-2}{x^2+x}

    a+\frac{b}{x} + \frac{c}{x+1} = \frac{x^2+x}{x^2+x} + \frac{-2}{x^2+x}

    a+\frac{b}{x} + \frac{c}{x^2+x} = 1 + \frac{-2}{x^2+x}

    \frac{-2}{x^2+x} =\frac{A}{x} + \frac{B}{x+1}

    -2= A(x+1) + Bx

    A=-2 , B=2

    a+\frac{b}{x} + \frac{c}{x+1}=1+\frac{-2}{x} + \frac{2}{x+1}

    it is clear
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    thanks a lot
    i liked how "TheAbstractionist" answered the first problem,is there any way we can do this one with the same method.
    thanks again
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