College Algebra (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321979478
ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-947-6

Chapter 1 - Section 1.3 - Complex Numbers; Quadratic Equations in the Complex Number System - 1.3 Assess Your Understanding - Page 112: 72


$x=1$ or $x=-1$ or $x=\pm i$

Work Step by Step

We solve by factoring: $x^{4}=1$ $x^{4}-1=0$ $(x^{2}-1)(x^{2}+1)=0$ $(x-1)(x+1)(x^{2}+1)=0$ $x-1=0$ or $x+1=0$ or $x^{2}+1=0$ $x=1$ or $x=-1$ or $x=\pm \sqrt{-1}$ $x=1$ or $x=-1$ or $x=\pm i$ Recall, $i=\sqrt{-1}$
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