Math Help - Need Help on a roots question please!

1. Need Help on a roots question please!

If x=i is one root of x^3 + x^2 + x + 1, find the other two roots.

Thank you!

2. Originally Posted by antz215
If x=i is one root of x^3 + x^2 + x + 1, find the other two roots.

Thank you!

Well the complex roots of a real polynomial occur in conjugate pairs, so if $x=i$ is a root so is $x=-i$, so $x^2+1$ is a factor of your cubic.

Now divide $x^3+x^2+x+1$ by $x^2+1$ to get the remaining linear factor and hence find the final root.

RonL

3. thats what i had thought, but both people i asked had no idea haha. thank you so much!

4. I don't get this. If $x=i$ and $x=-i$, that would mean $i=-i$, which I'm pretty sure is not true. It's been a while since pre-calc for me. What is this root lingo that allows both $x=i$ and $x=-i$ ?

5. Originally Posted by hatsoff
I don't get this. If $x=i$ and $x=-i$, that would mean $i=-i$, which I'm pretty sure is not true. It's been a while since pre-calc for me. What is this root lingo that allows both $x=i$ and $x=-i$ ?
no.

both i and -i being roots does not imply they are equal.

look at x^2 - 1 = 0

the roots are 1 and -1, does that mean 1 = -1? of course not

CaptainBlack called both x, but he was suggesting that these are the x-values that give roots for the equation, not that they are equal. an abuse of notation, i know, but it is understood in the context

complex roots come in conjugate pairs. we get complex roots when we take even roots of negative numbers, these roots therefore come in +/- form

6. Originally Posted by hatsoff
I don't get this. If $x=i$ and $x=-i$, that would mean $i=-i$, which I'm pretty sure is not true. It's been a while since pre-calc for me. What is this root lingo that allows both $x=i$ and $x=-i$ ?
It's your English/Maths comprehension that is lacking here.

What I wrote is: "If x=i is a root, then so is x=-i", that is when x=i the polynomial is equal to 0, and when x=-1 the polynomial is also equal to 0.

RonL

7. Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
It's your English/Maths comprehension that is lacking here.

What I wrote is: "If x=i is a root, then so is x=-i", that is when x=i the polynomial is equal to 0, and when x=-1 the polynomial is also equal to 0.

RonL
Gotcha. I feel silly, now.

Thanks!

8. Originally Posted by Jhevon
no.

both i and -i being roots does not imply they are equal.

look at x^2 - 1 = 0

the roots are 1 and -1, does that mean 1 = -1? of course not

CaptainBlack called both x, but he was suggesting that these are the x-values that give roots for the equation, not that they are equal. an abuse of notation, i know, but it is understood in the context

complex roots come in conjugate pairs. we get complex roots when we take even roots of negative numbers, these roots therefore come in +/- form
Thank you for your explanation. Also, here's to Ubuntu!

9. Hello, antz215!

Another approach . . .

If $x=i$ is one root of $x^3 + x^2 + x + 1 \:=\:0$, find the other two roots.
Multiply by $(x-1)\!:\;\;(x-1)(x^3+x^2+x+1) \:=\:0\quad\Rightarrow\quad x^4-1\:=\:0$

. . $x^4 \:=\:1\quad\Rightarrow\quad x^2 \:=\:\pm1 \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \:=\:\pm\sqrt{\pm1} \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \;=\;1,\,\text{-}1,\,i,\,\text{-}i$

We introduced $x = 1$; we were given $x = i$

Therefore, the other two roots are: . $x \;=\;\text{-}1,\,\text{-}i$