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April 18th, 2015, 07:21 AM   #1
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Factorising Higher Order Polynomials.


Can somebody explain to me the "rule" for factorising this polynomial:

s^5 + 2s^4 + 4s^3 +8s^2 +10s +6

It was explained to me some time ago that that doubling coefficients 1,2,4 and 8 is a "special" format that would allow me to solve this fairly easily. However, I do not remember. Also, for general knowledge, are there other types of high order polynomial like this with special formats that can be solved easily? It's been suggested these types of higher order polynomials could be part of exam problems in vibration and control module.


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April 18th, 2015, 05:47 PM   #2
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There isn't such a rule. If all the coefficients conformed to that pattern, it would be a different matter.
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April 20th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #3
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Perhaps you are thinking of Eisenstein's criterion. We see that your polynomial is irreducible over the rationals by applying that rule with p = 2
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