Posted by Sue on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 6:53pm.
Given f(x)=x^37x^2+6x+14, what is the
a. sum of its zeros?
b. product of its zeros?
c. sum of the squares of its zeros?

Algebra II  MathMate, Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 7:18pm
This is a cubic equation, so there are three roots (real/complex).
If a,b,c represent the three zeroes, and if the lefthandside is factorizable, then it factorizes into:
(xa)(xb)(xc) which expands to
x³(a+b+c)x²+(ab+bc+ca)xabc..(1)
The sum and product of the roots can be read off readily from the above equation (1).
Hint for the sum of squares of the roots:
Consider: The sum of squares of the roots represent:
(a+b+c)²
=(a²+b²+c²) + 2(ab+bc+ca)
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