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hii, i dont even know where to start with this one ^-^

 

Find a polynomial f(x) of degree 5 such that both of these properties hold:

f(x)  is divisible by x^3 .

f(x) + 2  is divisible by (x+1)^3 .

Write your answer in expanded form (that is, do not factor ).

 Oct 25, 2021
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Since f(x) is divisible by x^3, f(x) is of the form ax^5 + bx^4 + cx^3.

 

You then want ax^5 + bx^4 + cx^3 + 2 to be divisible by (x + 1)^3.  Using long division, you get the equations

-10a  + 6b - 3c = 0

4a - 3b + 2c = 0

-a + b - c + 2 = 0

==> a = 6, b = 16, c = 12

 

So f(x) = 6x^5 + 16x^4 + 12x^3.

 Oct 25, 2021

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