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    how to find roots of nth degree polynomial with Casio fx-991es

    How do I find the roots of an nth degree polynomial equation like 5(x^4)-20(x^3)-45(x^2)+34x+23 = 0 using the casio fx-991es? This is a very common calculator being used even in the board exam for engineering in my country..
    I can get it to show me all the roots of 1st to third degree equations without a problem by pressing [MODE] then [5] then it shows me the option of solving a linear, quadratic, and cubic equation; but no option for an nth degree equation. I tried inputting the whole equation, then equating it to 0, then invoking the solve for x function of the calculator by pressing [SHIFT] then [SOLVE]; but it only gives me one root of the polynomial when in fact this polynomial has 3 roots. I know how to solve it with a graphing caclulator or software as well as manually, but I want to know how to make this expensive scientific calculator that claims to have a lot of functions and even is sort of the official calculator for board exams here do it.

    edit: I just found something called successive approximations and newton's method, I'm going to check if this works for solving the nth roots..
    Last edited by catenary; May 9th 2014 at 06:24 PM.
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    Re: how to find roots of nth degree polynomial with Casio fx-991es

    When it "ask for x " you have to give the approximate vale of the solutions. So if you want all four root of this polynomial you have to guess all the root of this polynomial.
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