September 9th, 2017, 06:31 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Apr 2017 From: New York Posts: 22 Thanks: 2  Intermediate Value Theorem
question: Is there a number that is exactly 5 more than its cube? What I tried : x=number x+5=x^3 if we rearrange: x^3x5 after here I think I need to plug in two consequent numbers?(how do I pick that two numbers?) to see x^3x5<0 and x^3x5>0 and? 
September 9th, 2017, 06:33 PM  #2 
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Try 0 and a trillion. How'd I guess those? You can see that for x near 0, the 5 predominates. And for x large, the x^3 predominates. But even x = 2 works since 2^3  2 = 6. 
September 10th, 2017, 04:12 AM  #3  
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How do you pick them? 0 is always an easy first choice, then "guess and check"!  
September 10th, 2017, 10:11 AM  #4 
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September 10th, 2017, 12:14 PM  #5 
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$\displaystyle x^3x5$ has a real root because of its odd degree.


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