# Math Help - Help! Rational Zero Test

1. ## Help! Rational Zero Test

I have not clue how to do it! can someone help me?
Use the Rational Zero Test to list all possible rational zeros of

f(x)=4x^5-8x^4-5x^3+10x^2+x-2

2. Originally Posted by sleeper9
I have not clue how to do it! can someone help me?
Use the Rational Zero Test to list all possible rational zeros of

f(x)=4x^5-8x^4-5x^3+10x^2+x-2
The rational root theorem tell you that all rational roots of a polynomial function with integer coefficients are of the form $a/b$ where $a$ is a factor of the constant term and $b$ a factor of the coefficient of the higest power of the variable.

So in this case the rational roots are among: $\{ a/b, a\in \{-2,-1,\ 1,\ 2\},\ b \in \{-4,-2,-1,\ 1,\ 2,\ 4\} \}$

or: $\{-2,\ -1,\ -1/2,\ -1/4,\ \ 1/4,\ \ 1/2,\ \ 1,\ \ 2 \}$

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