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Posted by **ladybug** on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 11:42pm.

f(x)=x^4+2x^3-8x-7

every real zero of f lies between -? and ?

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**Steve**, Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:10amusing synthetic division, dividing by x-a, take a look at the signs of the numbers in the quotient.

x-0: 1 2 0 -8 -7

x-1: 1 3 3 -5 -12

x-2: 1 4 8 8 9

all signs are positive, so all real roots are all less than 2.

Similarly, for negative values,

x+1: 1 1 -1 -7 0

x+2: 1 0 0 -8 9

x+3: 1 -1 3 -17 44

signs alternate, so all real roots are greater than -3

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