College Algebra (10th Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Section 5.5 - The Real Zeros of a Polynomial Function - 5.5 Assess Your Understanding: 23

Answer

The maximum number of real zeros is $6$ The number of positive real zeros is either $2$ or $0$ The number of negative real zeros is either $2$ or $0$

Work Step by Step

The number of zeros of a polynomial can’t be greater than its degree. $1)$ The number of positive real zeros of $f(x) $ either equals the number of variations in the sign of the nonzero coefficients of $f(x)$ or equals that number minus an even integer. $2)$ The number of negative real zeros of $f(x)$ either equals the number of variations in the sign of the nonzero coefficients of $f(-x) $ or equals that number minus an even integer. So, the maximum number of real zero here is $6$. Since $$f\left( x\right) =2x^{6}-3x^{2}-x+1$$ has $2$ variations. The number of positive real zeros is either $2$ or $0$ Since $$f\left( -x\right) =2x^{6}-3x^{2}+x+1 $$ has $2$ variations. The number of negative real zeros is either $2$ or $0$.
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