OpenStudy (anonymous):

What are the possible number of positive real, negative real, and complex zeros of f(x) = –7x4 – 12x3 + 9x2 – 17x + 3? Answer: A)Positive Real: 1 Negative Real: 3 or 1 Complex: 2 or 0 B)Positive Real: 3 or 1 Negative Real: 2 or 0 Complex: 1 C)Positive Real: 3 or 1 Negative Real: 1 Complex: 2 or 0 D)Positive Real: 4, 2 or 0 Negative Real: 1 Complex: 0 or 1 or 3 This the last question like this, help me please:)

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

descartes rule of sign for this one http://www.purplemath.com/modules/drofsign.htm

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

three changes of sign in your example, \[–7x^4 – 12x^3 + 9x^2 – 17x + 3\] \[–7x^4 – 12x^3_{\text{ here }} + 9x^2_{\text{ here }} – 17x_{\text{ here }} + 3\]

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

so possible positive roots: 3 or 1

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

\[f(-x) = –7(-x)^4 – 12(-x)^3 + 9(-x)^2 – 17(-x) + 3\] \[f(-x) = –7x^4 + 12x^3 + 9x^2 + 17x + 3\] this has one change in sign

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

so one possible negative root. degree is 4, so there are 4 roots in total Positive Real: 3 or 1 Negative Real: 1 Complex: 2 or 0

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Okay thank you very much!:))

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

yw btw the link i sent has a brief clear explanation with examples, if you have to take a test on this it is easy enough with a little practice

6 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

okay thank you, i am understanding bits and pieces of this lesson:)

6 years ago