College Algebra (10th Edition)

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

Chapter 5 - Section 5.5 - The Real Zeros of a Polynomial Function - 5.5 Assess Your Understanding - Page 387: 36


$\pm 1;\pm {\frac{1}{2}}$

Work Step by Step

In a polinomial function like $f\left( x\right) =a_{n}x^{n}+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\ldots a_{1}x+a_{0}$ If $p/q$, in lowest terms, is a rational zero of $f$, then p must be a factor of $a_0 $ and $q$ must be a factor of $a_n$. Here $f\left( x\right) =2x^{5}-x^{4}-x^{2}+1\Rightarrow a_{n}=2;a_{0}=1 $ Factors of $a_0$ are $\pm 1$ Factors of $a_n$ are $\pm1 ,\pm2$ So the potential rational zeros are: $\pm 1;\pm {\frac{1}{2}}$
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