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Find all the roots.

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I'd say 'Can you find all the roots?,' but I know this will get solved. ^_^

This problem was posted a few years ago in the math department of the college I attended. I got a math club t-shirt and a certificate for getting the correct answer.

Find all the roots of the following equation without the use of technology.:

x6sin(x)+240-14x5sin(x)-308x+69x4sin(x)+22x2-126x3sin(x)+126x3-22x2sin(x)-69x4+308xsin(x)+14x5-240sin(x)-x6=0

There are four consecutive integer roots.

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I'd say 'Can you find all the roots?,' but I know this will get solved. ^_^

This problem was posted a few years ago in the math department of the college I attended. I got a math club t-shirt and a certificate for getting the correct answer.

Find all the roots of the following equation without the use of technology.:

x6sin(x)+240-14x5sin(x)-308x+69x4sin(x)+22x2-126x3sin(x)+126x3-22x2sin(x)-69x4+308xsin(x)+14x5-240sin(x)-x6=0

There are four consecutive integer roots.

put all the non-sin(x) terms on other side of equation to get

sin(x)*(x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240) = (x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240)

Let y = (x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240)

sin(x)*y = y

If y != 0, then we have sin(x) = 1, which is true for x = pi/2 + 2*pi*k for any integer k.

if y == 0, then we need to find the roots of the polynomial

y = (x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240)

Looking at the prime decomposition of 240,

we get 240 = 2^4*3*5

This makes it seem likely that (x-5), (x-3), and (x-2) are factors.

Polynomial long division to get

y/((x-5)*(x-3)*(x-2)) = x^3-4x^2-2x+8

Prime decomp of 8 is 2^3,

(x-2) doesn't work, try (x-4) [which agrees with hint]:

success:

y/((x-5)*(x-4)*(x-3)*(x-2)) = x^2-2

x^2-2 = 0 if x = plus/minus sqrt 2

Therefore......

roots are:

2,3,4,5, +sqrt(2), -sqrt(2), [pi/2 + 2*pi*k for any integer k]

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put all the non-sin(x) terms on other side of equation to get

sin(x)*(x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240) = (x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240)

Let y = (x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240)

sin(x)*y = y

If y != 0, then we have sin(x) = 1, which is true for x = pi/2 + 2*pi*k for any integer k.

if y == 0, then we need to find the roots of the polynomial

y = (x^6-14x^5+69x^4-126x^3-22x^2+308x-240)

Looking at the prime decomposition of 240,

we get 240 = 2^4*3*5

This makes it seem likely that (x-5), (x-3), and (x-2) are factors.

Polynomial long division to get

y/((x-5)*(x-3)*(x-2)) = x^3-4x^2-2x+8

Prime decomp of 8 is 2^3,

(x-2) doesn't work, try (x-4) [which agrees with hint]:

success:

y/((x-5)*(x-4)*(x-3)*(x-2)) = x^2-2

x^2-2 = 0 if x = plus/minus sqrt 2

Therefore......

roots are:

2,3,4,5, +sqrt(2), -sqrt(2), [pi/2 + 2*pi*k for any integer k]

I started by writing it as (sin(x)-1)(polynomial)=0. The rest is basically the same.

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