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# How can you tell when an equation in one variable has infinitely many solutions or no solutions?

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2016-11-10 02:52:30

There is no simple method. The answer depends partly on the variable's domain. For example, 2x = 3 has no solution is x must be an integer, or y^2 = -9 has no solution if y must be a real number but if it can be a complex number, it has 2 solutions.

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2016-11-10 11:04:20
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## A number a power of a variable or a product of the two is a monomial while a polynomial is the of monomials

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2016-11-10 13:20:22

You can actually solve the equation. With some experience with equations, you will eventually know that equations of a certain form will have exactly one solution (for example, a linear equation); while a polynomial equation of degree 2 typically has 2 solutions, and certain types of trigonometric equations have infinitely many solutions (this is due to the periodicity of the trigonometric functions) - but there is really no simple or universal way to tell in advance how many solutions a given equation has.