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1. Having a bit of trouble expressing "The polynomial x^2 - 3x + 1 has two distinct real roots" symbolically. I was thinking but that doesn't seem to clarify the two distinct roots. How do I clarify this?
2. (Original post by Prendah)
Having a bit of trouble expressing "The polynomial x^2 - 3x + 1 has two distinct real roots" symbolically. I was thinking but that doesn't seem to clarify the two distinct roots. How do I clarify this?
I'm not sure what's expected of you for this question (i.e. is this a logic course with a precise symbolic answer, or just a test to see how you might set up notation for this), but I would start with the statement you've got, repeat it for some other value y, and combine it with the condition that (and write all that up properly of course!)
3. (Original post by davros)
I'm not sure what's expected of you for this question (i.e. is this a logic course with a precise symbolic answer, or just a test to see how you might set up notation for this), but I would start with the statement you've got, repeat it for some other value y, and combine it with the condition that (and write all that up properly of course!)

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