Posted by edward on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 8:07pm.
List all possible rational zeros for the polynomial below. Find all real zeros and factor completely. Please show all your work.
f(x) = 2x^4 + 19x^3 + 37x^2  55x  75

algebra  Damon, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 8:34pm
Graph this first to find the zeros, hopefully exactly.

algebra  edward, Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 9:36pm
There is a process to this and it's why I am asking for help.

algebra  Steve, Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:17am
All rational roots will have a numerator which is a factor of 75, and a denominator which is a factor of 2.
±1 ±3 ±5 ±15 ±25 ±75
±1/2 ±3/2 ±5/2 ±15/2 ±25/2 ±75/2
Descartes' Rule of Signs says that there are at most
1 positive real root
2x^4 + 19x^3 + 37x^2  55x  75 has one change of sign
2 negative real roots
2x^4  19x^3 + 37x^2 + 55x  75
So, we either have a double root, or some complex roots.
A little synthetic division reveals that there are no real roots greater than 2 or less than 6.
A little more produces the root 1
(x+1)(2x^3 + 17x^2 + 20x  75)
(x+1)(2x3)(x+5)^2

algebra  DeAnn, Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:45pm
I have done synthetic divion and come up with 3/2 and 1 but still have not gotten it down to a trinomial.
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