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Find all possible rational roots of f(x) = 2x^4 - 5x^3 + 8x^2 + 4x+7

1.I took the constant which is 7 and the leading coefficient which is 2 and factored them
7 factored would be 7,2
2 factored would be 2,1
used 7 as numerator 2 as denominator came up with 1/2,1/7/2, 7 Would that be correct?

2.I don't get this one find number of possible positive and negative real roots of f(x) = x^4-x^3+2x^2 + x-5
I think there are 3 sign changes so there are 3 positive but I get really confused on doing the negative real zeros would I rewrite for negative f(x) = -x^4 -(-x^3) -2x^2 -(x-5) so there would be 2negative real zeros

I don't get this one

  • Pre-Calc/Trig -

    No, the numbers you state would be potential rational roots.
    You still have to check to see if they actually work
    e.g.
    f(1/2) = 2(1/2)^4 - 5(1/2)^3 + 8(1/2)^2 + 4(1/2) + 7 = 10.5 ≠ 0
    f(1) = 2 - 5 + 8 + 4 + 7 ≠ 0
    etc.
    none of them work. A quick look at "Wolfram" shows that there are no real roots at all.
    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=2x%5E4+-+5x%5E3+%2B+8x%5E2+%2B+4x%2B7+%3D0

  • Pre-Calc/Trig -

    For negative zeros, substitute -x for x, but do it carefully, using the exact same coefficients as originally:

    (-x)^4 - (-x)^3 + 2(-x)^2 + (-x) - 5
    or
    x^4 + x^3 + 2x^2 - x - 5

    There's only one change of sign there, so at most one negative root.

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