### Math 1314 – College Algebra Section 3.3-3.4 Real

```Math 1314 – College Algebra
Section 3.3-3.4 Real Zeroes of Polynomials/Complex Zeroes and the Fundamental
Theorem of Algebra
Fundamental Theorem of Algebra: If P(x) is a polynomial with positive degree, then P(x) has at least one
complex zero.
Polynomial Factorization Theorem: If n > 0 and P(x) is an nth degree polynomial, then P(x) has exactly n
factors:
P(x) =
Theorem: If multiple roots are counted individually, the equation P(x) = 0 with degree n has exactly n roots
among the complex numbers.
If a factor x − c appears k times, then
Conjugate Pairs Theorem: If an equation P(x) = 0 with real coefficients has a complex root a + bi, (b 6= 0),
then
Rational Zeroes Theorem: Given P(x) = an xn + an−1 xn−1 + an−2 xn−2 + . . . + +a2 x2 + a1 x + a0 with integer
p
coefficients. If the rational root (written in lowest terms) is a zero of P(x), then p is a factor of a0 and q is a
q
factor of an .
factor of constant term
Potential rational roots look like:
Ex: P(x) = (x − 5)(x + 2)(x − 1) = x3 − 4x2 − 7x + 10
Descartes’ Rule of Signs: If P(x) has real coefficients, then the number of positive real zeroes is equal to the
number of variations in sign of P(x) or less than that by an even whole number.
The number of negative real zeroes is equal to the number of variations in sign of P(−x) or less than that by
an even whole number.
Rephrase: For potential positive real zeroes: Count sign changes in P(x). Take that number and continue to
subtract 2 until you get 0 or 1. The original value and each result of the subtraction could be the number of
positive real zeroes.
For potential negative real zeroes: Count sign changes in P(−x). Take that number and continue to subtract 2
until you get 0 or 1. The original value and each result of the subtraction could be the number of negative real
zeroes.
NOTE: To find P(−x),
Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
The Upper and Lower Bounds Theorem: Let P be a polynomial with real coefficients.
1. If we divide P(x) by x − b (with b > 0) using synthetic division, and if the row that contains the quotient
and remainder has no negative entry, then b is an upper bound for the real zeros of P. No number greater
than b can be a root of P(x) = 0.
2. If we divide P(x) by x − a (with a < 0) using synthetic division, and if the row that contains the quotient
and remainder has entries that are alternately nonpositive and nonnegative, then a is a lower bound for
the real zeros of P. No number less than a can be a root of P(x) = 0.
What does this look like?
Ex: Given P(x) = 2x3 + x2 − 13x + 6.
(a) List all possible rational zeroes.
(b) Use Descartes’ Rule of Signs to find the number of possible positive, negative, and nonreal zeroes.
(c) Is x = 0 a zero of P(x)?
(d) Find all zeroes of P(x).
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Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
Strategy to find all zeroes of a polynomial P(x):
1. Make sure all terms of P(x) are written in descending order.
2. Factor P(x) if possible.
3. Check to see if x = 0 is a zero of P(x).
4. Use Descartes’ Rule of signs to determine the number of positive, negative, and nonreal roots.
5. Use the Rational Root Theorem to list all possible rational roots.
6. Use synthetic division to find a root. (Remember to write 0 in place of any missing terms).
7. Rewrite P(x), using the root to write as a product of factors.
8. Look at the depressed equation to see if some rational roots can be eliminated. Use this and results from
Descartes’ Rule to choose the next potential zero to try.
9. Continue until P(x) is written as a product of linear factors and one quadratic factor (i.e. depressed
formula.
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Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
Ex: Given P(x) = x5 + 4x3 − x2 + 6x, use Descartes’ Rule of Signs to find all possible real roots. List all
rational zeroes.
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Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
Ex: Find all zeroes of P(x) = x5 − 7x4 + 9x3 + 23x2 − 50x + 24.
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Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
Ex: Find all zeroes of P(x) = x5 − 3x4 + 12x3 − 28x2 + 27x − 9.
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Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
Ex: Find all zeroes of P(x) = 2x4 − x3 − 2x2 − 4x − 40.
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Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
Ex: Find a third-degree polynomial with real coefficients and the roots 3 and 5i.
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Math 1314
Section 3.3-3.4 Continued
Ex: Let p(x) = 2x4 − 16x3 + 45x2 + 40x − 125. Given that x = 4 − 3i is a zero, find the remaining zeros of p.
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