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(s^5)+(2*s^4)+(4*s^3)+(8*s^2)+10*s+6=0
 Aug 14, 2015

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 #1
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There is no general analytical solution for quintic algebraic equations, but a Newton-Raphson numerical method can be used:

 

 quintic solution:

So s ≈ -1.253462

 

There are four other solutions as well, but these are all complex.

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 Aug 14, 2015
 #1
avatar+28029 
+15
Best Answer

There is no general analytical solution for quintic algebraic equations, but a Newton-Raphson numerical method can be used:

 

 quintic solution:

So s ≈ -1.253462

 

There are four other solutions as well, but these are all complex.

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Alan Aug 14, 2015
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Here's the graph.......https://www.desmos.com/calculator/t1f4fhif21

 

[Desmos shows the root to be -1.25......Alan's answer is closer to the truth....!!!  ]

 

 

 

  

 Aug 14, 2015
 #3
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Thanks Chris.  I should have mentioned that it's always a good idea to draw a graph for these sort of problems, if only to get a good initial estimate to start off a more accurate numerical iteration method.

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 Aug 14, 2015

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