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October 10th, 2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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Find f(x) from the following information

Let f(x) be a polynomial of degree less than or equal to 5 which leaves remainders -1 and 1 respectively upon division by and . Find f(x).
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October 10th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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f(x) = (-3x^5 + 10x^3 - 15x)/8
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October 10th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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f(x) = (-3x^5 + 10x^3 - 15x)/8
Can you help me on this please I having a hard time (x^3)+(5x^2)+(5x)+(19)/(x)+(2)
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If you meant the divisor to be (x + 2) rather than just x, see the division below.

x^2 + 3x - 1
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x + 2 | x^3 + 5x^2 + 5x + 19
x^3 + 2x^2
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3x^2 + 5x
3x^2 + 6x
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-x + 19
-x - 2
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21
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f(x) = (-3x^5 + 10x^3 - 15x)/8
Hey How you are solving this? I need some explanation.
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I couldn't spot any simple method, so I wrote f(x) = (ax + bx + c)(x - 1) - 1 = (px + qx + r)(x + 1) + 1. On expanding and equating coefficients, one has six equations for the six coefficients of the quadratics. Solving these equations allows f(x) to be found.
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I couldn't spot any simple method, so I wrote f(x) = (ax + bx + c)(x - 1) - 1 = (px + qx + r)(x + 1) + 1. On expanding and equating coefficients, one has six equations for the six coefficients of the quadratics. Solving these equations allows f(x) to be found.
So this means if f(x) is divided by then remainder will be -1. I know remainder theorem says that when f(x) is divided by x-a then remainder is f(a), but what if it is divided by an expression that is raised to a power of something?
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In general, the remainder on dividing a function f(x) by (x - a)^n would be a non-constant function of x. If that function is R(x), you would know that R(a) = f(a).
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