Algebra 2 (1st Edition)

Published by McDougal Littell
ISBN 10: 0618595414
ISBN 13: 978-0-61859-541-9

Chapter 7 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions - 7.6 Solve Exponential and Logarithmic Equations - 7.6 Exercises - Mixed Review - Page 522: 66


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Given: $f(x)=x^4+6x^3-x^2+7x-8$ We can see that there are 3 sign changes. There might be 3 or 1 positive zeros. $f(-x)=(-x)^4+6(-x)^3-(-x)^2+7(-x)-8=x^4-6x^3+x^2-7x-8$ There is one sign change here. Thus, there is one zero. The possible combinations: 3 positive real, 1 negative real 1 positive real, 1 negative real, 2 imaginary.
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