Posted by **Joey** on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 4:53pm.

Can someone tell me how they got the answer?

Find a polynomial equation with real coefficients that has the given roots.

4i, sqrt5

my answer: x^4-22x^2+80=0

correct answer: x^4+11x^2-80=0

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**Reiny**, Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 4:59pm
If 4i is a root, there must have been a -4i

and if √5 was a root there must have been a -√5

so the factors were (x-4i)(x+4i)(x+√5)x-√5)

= (x^2 + 16)(x^2-5)

= x^4 - 5x^2 + 16x^2 - 80

= x^4 + 11x^2 - 80

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**bobpursley**, Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 4:59pm
(x+4i)(x-4i)(x-sqrt5)(x+sqrt5)

(x^2 + 16)(x^2-5)

x^4 +11x^2 - 80

I dont know what you did.

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