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4, the same as the degree of the polynomial.

Q: At most how many unique roots will a fourth degree polynomial have?

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Upto 4. If the coefficients are all real, then it can have only 0, 2 or 4 real roots.

In answering this question it is important that the roots are counted along with their multiplicity. Thus a double root is counted as two roots, and so on. The degree of a polynomial is exactly the same as the number of roots that it has in the complex field. If the polynomial has real coefficients, then a polynomial with an odd degree has an odd number of roots up to the degree, while a polynomial of even degree has an even number of roots up to the degree. The difference between the degree and the number of roots is the number of complex roots which come as complex conjugate pairs.

Join the points using a smooth curve. If you have n points choose a polynomial of degree at most (n-1). You will always be able to find polynomials of degree n or higher that will fit but disregard them. The roots are the points at which the graph intersects the x-axis.

Descartes' rule of signs (see related link) can help you determine the maximum number of real roots. If the polynomial is odd powered, then there will be at least one real root. Any even powered polynomial can be factored into a bunch of quadratics [though they may not be rational or even pretty], and any odd-powered polynomial can be factored into a bunch of quadratics and one linear (this one would have the real root). So the quadratics may have pairs of real or complex roots (having an imaginary component).To clarify, when I say complex, I'm referring to the fact that there will be an imaginary component to the root, because actually the real numbers is a subset of the set of complex numbers.The order of the polynomial will tell you how many roots it will have. If you can graph the polynomial, then you can see if it crosses the x axis. If it is a 5th order polynomial, and crosses the x axis 3 times, then there are 3 real roots (the other two roots are complex).

They can be either. If they are roots of a real polynomial then purely imaginary would be symmetric and only real roots can be skew symmetric.

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A third-degree equation has, at most, three roots. A fourth-degree polynomial has, at most, four roots. APEX 2021

According to the rational root theorem, which of the following are possible roots of the polynomial function below?F(x) = 8x3 - 3x2 + 5x+ 15

It can have 1, 2 or 3 unique roots.

5, Using complex numbers you will always get 5 roots.

The polynomial P(x)=(x-3)(x-0)(x+3)(x-1) is of the fourth degree.

Upto 4. If the coefficients are all real, then it can have only 0, 2 or 4 real roots.

A third degree polynomial could have one or three real roots.

In answering this question it is important that the roots are counted along with their multiplicity. Thus a double root is counted as two roots, and so on. The degree of a polynomial is exactly the same as the number of roots that it has in the complex field. If the polynomial has real coefficients, then a polynomial with an odd degree has an odd number of roots up to the degree, while a polynomial of even degree has an even number of roots up to the degree. The difference between the degree and the number of roots is the number of complex roots which come as complex conjugate pairs.

Sort of... but not entirely. Assuming the polynomial's coefficients are real, the polynomial either has as many real roots as its degree, or an even number less. Thus, a polynomial of degree 4 can have 4, 2, or 0 real roots; while a polynomial of degree 5 has either 5, 3, or 1 real roots. So, polynomial of odd degree (with real coefficients) will always have at least one real root. For a polynomial of even degree, this is not guaranteed. (In case you are interested about the reason for the rule stated above: this is related to the fact that any complex roots in such a polynomial occur in conjugate pairs; for example: if 5 + 2i is a root, then 5 - 2i is also a root.)

In the complex field, a polynomial of degree n (the highest power of the variable) has n roots. Some of these roots may be multiple roots. However, if the domain is the real numbers (or a subset) then there is no easy way. The degree only gives the maximum number of roots - there may be no real root. For example x2 + 1 = 0.

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