Posted by Kay on .
How many distinct real numbers x are true for f(x)=0. Explain.
F(x)=x^2+(1/(500x^21000))

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Steve,
x^2 + 1/(500(x^22)) = 0
If f(x) were x^2, then there would be a double root near 0. But, the graph is shifted down just a smidgen, so there will now be two roots near zero. Also, since there are asymptotes at ±√2, the graph will cross the xaxis near ±√2, making two more roots.
Or, we can adjust things a bit to work with a straight polynomial.
x^2 (x^22) + 1/500 = 0
If f(x) were x^2 (x^22) then there would be a double root at x=0 and roots at x = ±√2.
But our f(x) is translated up by 1/500, meaning we still have two roots near ±√2, but also now two roots near x=0. So, 4 distinct roots in all.