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Section 6.6 Finding Rational Zeros

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Rational Zero Theorem Synthetic & Long Division Using Technology to Approximate Zeros Today you will look at finding zeros of higher degree polynomials using the rational zero theorem, synthetic division, and technology.

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Rational Zero Theorem If f(x) = a n x n a 1 x + a 0 has integer coefficients, then every rational zero of f has the form: p factor of constant term a 0 (c) --- = qfactor of leading coefficient a n (a)

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EXAMPLE: Using the Rational Zero Theorem List all possible rational zeros of f (x) 15x 3 14x 2 3x – 2. Solution The constant term is –2 and the leading coefficient is 15. Divide 1 and 2 by 1. Divide 1 and 2 by 3. Divide 1 and 2 by 5. Divide 1 and 2 by 15. There are 16 possible rational zeros.

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EXAMPLE: Solving a Polynomial Equation Solve: x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0. Solution Because we are given an equation, we will use the word "roots," rather than "zeros," in the solution process. We begin by listing all possible rational roots.

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EXAMPLE: Solving a Polynomial Equation Solve: x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0. Solution The graph of f (x) x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 is shown the figure below. Because the x-intercept is 2, we will test 2 by synthetic division and show that it is a root of the given equation. x-intercept: 2 The zero remainder indicates that 2 is a root of x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 6 4 2 120

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EXAMPLE: Solving a Polynomial Equation Solve: x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0. Solution Now we can rewrite the given equation in factored form. (x – 2)(x 3 2x 2 2x 12) 0 This is the result obtained from the synthetic division. x – 2 0 or x 3 2x 2 2x 12 Set each factor equal to zero. x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0 This is the given equation. Now we must continue by factoring x 3 + 2x 2 - 2x - 12 = 0

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EXAMPLE: Solving a Polynomial Equation Solve: x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0. Solution Because the graph turns around at 2, this means that 2 is a root of even multiplicity. Thus, 2 must also be a root of x 3 2x 2 2x 12 = 0. x-intercept: 2 These are the coefficients of x 3 2x 2 2x 12 = 0. The zero remainder indicates that 2 is a root of x 3 2x 2 2x 12 = 0.

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EXAMPLE: Solving a Polynomial Equation Solve: x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0. Solution Now we can solve the original equation as follows. (x – 2)(x 3 2x 2 2x 12) 0 This was obtained from the first synthetic division. x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0 This is the given equation. (x – 2)(x – 2)(x 2 4x 6) 0 This was obtained from the second synthetic division. x – 2 0 or x – 2 0 or x 2 4x 6 Set each factor equal to zero. x 2 x 2 x 2 4x 6 Solve.

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EXAMPLE: Solving a Polynomial Equation Solve: x 4 6x 2 8x + 24 0. Solution We can use the quadratic formula to solve x 2 4x 6 Let a 1, b 4, and c 6. We use the quadratic formula because x 2 4x 6 cannot be factored. Simplify. Multiply and subtract under the radical. The solution set of the original equation is { 2, 2 i 2 i }.

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1. If a polynomial equation is of degree n, then counting multiple roots separately, the equation has n roots. 2. If a b i is a root of a polynomial equation (b 0), then the non-real complex number a b i is also a root. Non-real complex roots, if they exist, occur in conjugate pairs. 1. If a polynomial equation is of degree n, then counting multiple roots separately, the equation has n roots. 2. If a b i is a root of a polynomial equation (b 0), then the non-real complex number a b i is also a root. Non-real complex roots, if they exist, occur in conjugate pairs. Properties of Polynomial Equations

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Zeros of Polynomial Functions Using a Graphing Calculator Approximate the real zeros of 1. Enter equation into Y12. Graph the equation3. Go to CALC: zero 4. Move cursor to left of the zero – hit enter 5. Move cursor to right of zero – hit enter 6. Hit Enter one more time to see the zero. 7. The coordinates of the zero appear. Repeat the process to find all other real zeros.

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Find all possible rational zeros of the functions below using the Rational Zero Theorem.

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f(x) = x 4 + 2x f(x) = x 4 + 2x 2 – 24 Find real roots on calculator: -2, 2 Use synthetic division: (x – 2) (x 3 + 2x 2 + 6x + 12) (x – 2)(x + 2)(x 2 – 6) Set x 2 – 6 = 0 and solve: Solutions: x = 2, x = -2,

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Assignment Section 6.6: page 362 – 363 # 15 – 42 (every 3 rd ), 48 – 57 (every 3 rd )

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