Using the rational zeros theorem to find all zeros of a polynomial

Algebra
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The function below has at least one rational zero. Use this fact to find all zeros of the function.

g(x)= 3x^3 + x^2 - 5x + 2

If there is more than one zero, separate them with commas. Write exact values not decimal approximations.

Oct 17th, 2015

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Factors of the constant (p) = +/- 1, 2

Factors of the leading coefficient (q) = +/- 1, 3

p/q combos:

1, 1/3, -1, -1/3, 2, 2/3, -2, -2/3

Zeroes:
x = 2/3
x = (-1 + sqrt(5))/2
x = (sqrt(5) -1) / 2
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
Oct 17th, 2015

So I would write it like this: x=(√5-1)/2

Oct 17th, 2015

Yes! And I have to ask, how on earth did you get the square root symbol?

Oct 17th, 2015

I use the Mathematics Keyboard Online you copy & paste the symbols


Oct 17th, 2015

Ah! I see.


Oct 17th, 2015

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