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    How do i factor this polynomial?

    Hey i would appreciate if someone can guide me on how to factor this:

    x^3 + 4x^2 - 2x + 3

    I know the answer should be -4.5797, and 0.2899 +- 0.7557i
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    Re: How do i factor this polynomial?

    please help
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    Re: How do i factor this polynomial?

    if p,q,r are the roots then p(x)=(x-p)(x-q)(x-r)
    use this formula to factorise your polynomial since you know already the roots.
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    Re: How do i factor this polynomial?

    Quote Originally Posted by MINOANMAN View Post
    if p,q,r are the roots then p(x)=(x-p)(x-q)(x-r)
    use this formula to factorise your polynomial since you know already the roots.
    well i got those roots from a computional program called Matlab. Is it possible to solve this by hand?
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    Re: How do i factor this polynomial?

    What do you mean by "factoring" here? Normally, we mean "factoring with integer coefficents". Since none of the zeros of this polynomial are integer, that is clearly impossible.
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    Re: How do i factor this polynomial?

    Any polynomial nth degree can be factorized regardless the nature of its roots...following the well known theorem of algebra.
    Kaboose 786 the equation you gave us is a cubic and cannot be solved easily.
    you may use a C.A.S to get the roots..There is nothing wrong using math lab or maple...it will help you.
    There are some simple qalculators that can be programmed to solve qubic equations as well.
    Try them
    Good luck
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    Re: How do i factor this polynomial?

    I suggest you read about the Cubic Formula.
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