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    Zeros

    Please clarify this for me.

    1. Whatever the degree of the polynomial is, it is the total number of zeros. (real and complex) Is this statement correct?
    2. Does "distinct zeros" mean "real zeros" It is the same thing?
    3. For this polynomial f(x) = x^2 (x-3)^3 (x+2)^2 , there are three real zeros, does it mean that it has four complex zeros?
    4. will you please graph f(x) = x^2 (x-3)^3 (x+2)^2

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanmd View Post
    Please clarify this for me.

    1. Whatever the degree of the polynomial is, it is the total number of zeros. (real and complex) Is this statement correct?
    No and yes, consider the polynomial x^2+2x+1, this has a single root but
    is of degree 2. However if we count the mutiple root twice then we have
    two roots.

    So if we count the multiplicities of the roots this is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanmd View Post
    2. Does "distinct zeros" mean "real zeros" It is the same thing?
    No distinct zeros does not mean real zeros, you may have distinct comples zeros. Eample x^2-2x-2 has two distinct non-real zeros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanmd View Post
    3. For this polynomial f(x) = x^2 (x-3)^3 (x+2)^2 , there are three real zeros, does it mean that it has four complex zeros?
    No all the roots are real but have multiplicities 2,3 and 2 respectivly.

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