Posted by Emily on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 10:51pm.
"Show that x^6  7x^3  8 = 0 has a quadratic form. Then find the two real roots and the four imaginary roots of this equation."
I used synthetic division to get the real roots 2 and 1, but I can't figure out how to get the imaginary roots. I checked HotMath but all it showed me was how to get the real roots and then it practically gave me the imaginary roots without showing how to work it out. Does anyone know how to do this? Any help is GREATLY appreciated!! :D

Precalculus  Reiny, Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:01pm
how about this
let y = x^3
then your equation becomes
y^2  7y  8 = 0
(y8)(y+1) = 0
so y = 8 or y = 1
then x^3 = 8 or x^3 = 1
x^3  8 = 0
(x2)(x^2 + 2x + 4) = 0
this will give you the real root of x=2 and 2 imaginary roots from the quadratic
or
x^3 + 1 = 0
(x+1)(x^2  x + 1) = 0
here x = 1 plus 2 more imaginary roots

Precalculus  Emily, Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:07pm
Ohhhh duh!! I can't believe I totally overlooked that. Thanks Reiny!! :D
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