math
posted by ayisha .
for what value of m, x4+4x2+m+8/x2+4/x4 is a complete square where x is not equal to 0

x^4 + 4x^2 + m + 8/x^2 + 4/x^4
well, we will have
(x^2 + k + 2/x^2)^2
x^4 + kx^2 + 2 + + kx^2 + k^2 + 2k/x^2 + 2 + 2k/x^2 + 4/x^4
x^4 + 2kx^2 + 4 + k^2 + 4k/x^2 + 4/x^4
equate like powers of x to find that we must have k=2
so m = 4+k^2 = 8