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Posted by **Vincent** on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 12:34am.

g(x)=3x^3-4x^2+8x+8

On my graphing calculator it says that it is -2/3. But when I do it by hand using synthetic division, I don't get a zero. I'm going crazy here... I've tried -2/3 and 2/3 none of them work... But when I look on my graphing calculator it says that it is -2/3. Help?

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**Reiny**, Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 12:51amif x= -2/3 then one of the factors is 3x+2

I did algebraic long division and got x^2 - 2x + 4 with no remainder.

so g(x)=3x^3-4x^2+8x+8

= (3x+2)(x^2-2x+4)

so x= -2/3 or x = 1 ± √-3 wich are complex numbers

you will not be able to express it as a product of only linear factors, but rather as a

product of a linear factor times a quadratic factor

BTW, I did get a zero when doing synthetic division.

(-2/3) │ 3 -4 8 8

********** -2 4 -8

******** 3 -6 12 0

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