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Latest revision as of 16:53, 18 August 2020
Problem
Let denote the sum of the th powers of the roots of the polynomial . In particular, , , and . Let , , and be real numbers such that for , , What is ?
Solution 1
Applying Newton's Sums (see this link), we havesowe get the answer as .
Solution 2
Let , and be the roots of the polynomial. Then,
Adding these three equations, we get
can be written as , giving
We are given that is satisfied for , , , meaning it must be satisfied when , giving us .
Therefore, , and by matching coefficients.
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Solution 3
Let , and be the roots of the polynomial. By Viète's Formulae, we have
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We know . Consider .
Using and , we see .
We have
Rearrange to get
So, .
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Video Solution
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See Also
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