Hello,

Is there any way to solve polynomial equations of the form:

?

I really hope so.

PS- it probably doesn't matter, but for the particular problem I have in mind, , where "i" is the imaginary unit.

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- July 23rd 2010, 01:23 AMrainerIs it possible to solve this kind of polynomial?
Hello,

Is there any way to solve polynomial equations of the form:

?

I really hope so.

PS- it probably doesn't matter, but for the particular problem I have in mind, , where "i" is the imaginary unit. - July 23rd 2010, 01:38 AMBacterius
Well that's not a polynomial then, since it has non-integer exponents. I guess it could *perhaps* be boiled down to a cubic, but I'm not sure if that is still valid if we have a complex number as an exponent.

Anyway, if you can't solve it, it should remain continuous and derivable regardless of what "u" is, so if you can't find an algebraïc way do to it, you can just use a Newton approximation and solve for x :) - July 23rd 2010, 02:02 AMrainer
Newton approximation eh? I'll have to look that up.

In the meantime, what about this idea...

Say d is actually d(x), that is to say, d is a function of x...

(we know that d(1) is defined)

Now say I divide the argument of d(x) by x. Since I have to do this to all x's, wouldn't this then yield...

Then multiplying through by ...

Would that work? - July 23rd 2010, 02:09 AMBacterius
Nice try but no, that doesn't work, except if (which is obviously useless)

When you divide the polynomial like you did here, you don't divide the argument given to the function, you divide its result. - July 23rd 2010, 02:10 AMpickslides
- July 23rd 2010, 02:17 AMrainer
- July 23rd 2010, 02:27 AMBacterius
But what you wrote is not correct, you can't divide the argument, only the result.

- July 23rd 2010, 02:37 AMpickslides
- July 23rd 2010, 02:41 AMrainer