# Please, give me a hint to find a polynomial of 4th order. I only know 2 roots: 1-square root 2 and 2-i.

justaguide | Certified Educator

The complex roots of a polynomial are always found as conjugate pairs. For the root 2 - i, the complex conjugate is 2 + i.

The polynomial has the roots 2 - i and 2 + i

Irrational roots are also found as pairs. For the root 1 - sqrt 2, the root that forms the pair is 1 + sqrt 2

The required polynomial has the roots: 2 - i and 2 + i and 1 - sqrt 2 and 1 + sqrt 2. As you only require the method to solve for the polynomial and not the polynomial itself , I am only giving you a hint.

The 4th order polynomial that has to be found is:

(x - (2 - i))(x - (2 + i))(x - (1- sqrt 2))(x - (1 + sqrt 2))

giorgiana1976 | Student

We'll recall the fact that complex roots and irrational roots come in pairs. Therefore, if x1 = 1 - sqrt2 is a root of the polynomial, then x2 = 1 + sqrt 2 is also a root of the polynomial. Also, if x3 = 2 - i is another root of polynomial, then it's conjugate, x4 = 2 + i, is a root of the polynomial, too.

We'll write the 4th order polynomial as a product of linear factors:

P(x) = (x - x1)(x - x2)(x - x3)(x - x4)

P(x) = (x - 1 + sqrt2)(x - 1 - sqrt2)(x - 2 + i)(x - 2 - i)

P(x) = [(x-1)^2 - 2]*[(x-2)^2 - i^2]

But i^2 = -1. Expanding the binomials inside brackets, we'll get:

P(x) = (x^2 - 2x + 1 - 2)*(x^2 - 4x + 4 + 1)

Combining like terms inside brackets, we'll get:

P(x) = (x^2 - 2x - 1)*(x^2 - 4x + 5)

We'll remove the brackets:

P(x) = x^4 - 4x^3 + 5x^2 - 2x^3 + 8x^2 - 10x - x^2 + 4x - 5

Combining like terms, we'll get:

P(x) = x^4 - 6x^3 + 12x^2 - 6x - 5

The 4th order requested polynomial is: P(x) = x^4 - 6x^3 + 12x^2 - 6x - 5.