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#1
I need to divide x^3 + 2x^2 + wx + u by x^2 - 2x where w= 4i + 2 and u=0. I don't know how to go about it. I know you're supposed to use long division but after that I'm lost. Any suggestions?
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4 years ago
#2
(Original post by bubblegum21)
I need to divide x^3 + 2x^2 + wx + u by x^2 - 2x where w= 4i + 2 and u=0. I don't know how to go about it. I know you're supposed to use long division but after that I'm lost. Any suggestions?
If u = 0 then all your terms are divisible by x, so you can cancel that out to start with and just concentrate on dividing by x - 2.
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#3
(Original post by davros)
If u = 0 then all your terms are divisible by x, so you can cancel that out to start with and just concentrate on dividing by x - 2.
I forgot to mention that there's a +2 at the end of x^2-2x. Any suggestions?
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4 years ago
#4
(Original post by bubblegum21)
I forgot to mention that there's a +2 at the end of x^2-2x. Any suggestions?
Use long division, not sure what the problem with that is.

What is the full question?
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#5
(Original post by james22)
Use long division, not sure what the problem with that is.

What is the full question?
Divide x^3 + 2x^2 + wx + u by x^2 -2x + 2 where w= -4i -2 and u=0. I am not sure how to use long division when complex numbers are involved
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4 years ago
#6
(Original post by bubblegum21)
Divide x^3 + 2x^2 + wx + u by x^2 -2x + 2 where w= -4i -2 and u=0. I am not sure how to use long division when complex numbers are involved
Same as normal long division. It's no different.
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4 years ago
#7
(Original post by bubblegum21)
Divide x^3 + 2x^2 + wx + u by x^2 -2x + 2 where w= -4i -2 and u=0. I am not sure how to use long division when complex numbers are involved

Divide by

Is there a reason why you introduced the unnecessary w and u? I'm just concerned we're missing the point of the question here
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#8
(Original post by davros)

Divide by

Is there a reason why you introduced the unnecessary w and u? I'm just concerned we're missing the point of the question here
thats correct. Well the first part of the question is to determine the values of w and u which I found by solving simultaneously. That bit is the second part
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4 years ago
#9
(Original post by bubblegum21)
thats correct. Well the first part of the question is to determine the values of w and u which I found by solving simultaneously. That bit is the second part
Can you please post the full question still?
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4 years ago
#10
(Original post by bubblegum21)
thats correct. Well the first part of the question is to determine the values of w and u which I found by solving simultaneously. That bit is the second part
As per james22, can we please see the full question so we know what the purpose behind the question is?
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#11
(Original post by james22)
Can you please post the full question still?
I have attached the question
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4 years ago
#12
(Original post by bubblegum21)
I have attached the question
What are you trying to use polynomial division on this?
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#13
(Original post by james22)
What are you trying to use polynomial division on this?
To find the other root. As 1+i is a root, so is it's conjugate 1-i. As it is a cubic root there is one other root left. So to find it we were taught to use polynomial division to f the last root
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4 years ago
#14
(Original post by bubblegum21)
To find the other root. As 1+i is a root, so is it's conjugate 1-i. As it is a cubic root there is one other root left. So to find it we were taught to use polynomial division to f the last root
Given that you're told in part (a) that the coefficients are real, how have you ended up with an 'i' in your w???

This is why we asked to see the full question
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#15
(Original post by davros)
Given that you're told in part (a) that the coefficients are real, how have you ended up with an 'i' in your w???

This is why we asked to see the full question
Thats a fair point! As I got w= -4i-2, does the i just disappear and the answer is -6?
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4 years ago
#16
(Original post by bubblegum21)
Thats a fair point! As I got w= -4i-2, does the i just disappear and the answer is -6?
No. It means you have gone wrong in your working.
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4 years ago
#17
(Original post by bubblegum21)
Thats a fair point! As I got w= -4i-2, does the i just disappear and the answer is -6?
No it means you've got the wrong value for w!

(The point here is that from experience I know that it is highly unusual that you're going to be asked to divide a polynomial with complex terms by another polynomial with real terms. Therefore I felt that your original post had to be 'suspect' in some way )
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#18
(Original post by davros)
No it means you've got the wrong value for w!

(The point here is that from experience I know that it is highly unusual that you're going to be asked to divide a polynomial with complex terms by another polynomial with real terms. Therefore I felt that your original post had to be 'suspect' in some way )
I have recalculated and my w(-6) and u(8) satisfy the equation. Hopefully I'm on the right tracks now
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4 years ago
#19
(Original post by bubblegum21)
I have recalculated and my w(-6) and u(8) satisfy the equation. Hopefully I'm on the right tracks now
Good stuff!!
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