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$$\\f(x/((x^2)+x+1)=(x^2)/((x^4)+(x^2)+1) \\\\

f\left(\frac{x}{(x^2)+x+1}\right)=\frac{(x^2)}{(x^4)+(x^2)+1}\qquad find\;f(2)\\\\\\$$

Are you sure you copied the question correctly ??????

Melody Apr 15, 2015

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yes, it's exactly what you wrote and i found the answer. f(2) = -4/3

in this question, you should imagine that x+(1/x) = -1/2 although this is not possible.

Thanks.

Guest Apr 16, 2015

#3**+5 **

PLEASE CAN WE GET SOME HELP HERE

$$\\f(x/((x^2)+x+1)=(x^2)/((x^4)+(x^2)+1) \\\\

f\left(\frac{x}{(x^2)+x+1}\right)=\frac{(x^2)}{(x^4)+(x^2)+1}\qquad find\;f(2)\\\\\\$$

Now I divided

$$\\(x^4+x^2+1) \;\;by\;\;(x^2+x+1) \;\;and\;\;got\;\;(x^2-x+1)\\\\

so\\\\

(x^2+x+1)\times (x^2-x+1)=(x^4+x^2+1)\\\\

so\\\\

\frac{x}{(x^2+x+1)}\times \frac{x}{(x^2-x+1)}=\frac{x^2}{(x^4+x^2+1)}\\\\

so\\\\

$Now I am confused again$\\\\$$

I haven't thought about this bit x+(1/x) = -1/2 I wonder what that is for ?

Melody Apr 17, 2015

#4**+5 **

Here are my thoughts:

The values of the function are complex in the approximate range 0.17<X<5.83.

Outside this range they are real.

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Alan Apr 17, 2015

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Thanks Alan,

That makes me feel better, it definitely is not simple!

Perhaps it was meant to be a perfect square so that it would fall into place easily.

BUT what was the x+1/x = -1/2 for ?

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Make sure you get some of my cake Alan, there is plenty. Here is your peice :)

Enjoy

Melody Apr 17, 2015

#6**+5 **

If you take

$$\frac{x}{x^2+x+1}=2$$

turn this upside down:

$$\frac{x^2+x+1}{x}=\frac{1}{2}$$

Simplify:

$$x+1+\frac{1}{x}= \frac{1}{2}$$

Rearrange:

$$x+\frac{1}{x}=-\frac{1}{2}$$

The picture of the cake is making my mouth water!

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Alan Apr 17, 2015

#7**+5 **

Best Answer

**Thanks Alan but Now what?**

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You are suppose to eat the virtual cake, not just look at it.

It is not just for decoration you know :)

Melody Apr 17, 2015

#8**0 **

I feel a bit of a fraud coming in on this one after the introductory work done by the three of you, providing the ideas and so on, however ,

We need

$$\displaystyle \frac{x}{x^{2}+x+1}\quad \text{to equal} \quad 2.$$

Turn that upside down, as suggested by Chris, and we have

$$\displaystyle x+1+\frac{1}{x}=\frac{1}{2}\quad \dots(1).$$

Now look at the rhs, suppose that's equal to $$k$$.

Turn that upside down and we have

$$\displaystyle x^{2}+1+\frac{1}{x^{2}}=\frac{1}{k}.$$

Squaring (1),

$$\displaystyle x^{2}+1+\frac{1}{x^{2}}+2x+2+\frac{2}{x}=\frac{1}{4},$$

so

$$\displaystyle x^{2}+1+\frac{1}{x^{2}}= \frac{1}{4}-2\left(x+1+\frac{1}{x}\right)=\frac{1}{4}-\left(2\times\frac{1}{2}\right)=-\frac{3}{4},$$

in which case

$$\displaystyle \frac{1}{k}=-\frac{3}{4},\quad \text{so} \qquad k=-\frac{4}{3}.$$

Bertie Apr 17, 2015