Hmm, are you the OP in this thread from the Math Is Fun forum?
http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?pid=146808
Hmm, are you the OP in this thread from the Math Is Fun forum?
http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?pid=146808
Rational Root Theorem. This tells you there are no linear factors.
Here's what I meant.
According to the Rational Root Theorem:
Let be a polynomial equation with integer coefficients. If has a rational root , with relatively prime integers, then and . (Statement found in PlanetMath: rational root theorem)
In our case, and . Assume there is a rational root , then and . Now, , and so . (Two case after all!)
Checking the case we have and , contradicting .