By Jeffrey Bergen

ISBN-10: 0123749417

ISBN-13: 9780123749413

"Beginning with a concrete and thorough exam of typical items like integers, rational numbers, actual numbers, complicated numbers, advanced conjugation and polynomials, during this new angle, the writer builds upon those primary items after which makes use of them to introduce and encourage complex ideas in algebra in a fashion that's more uncomplicated to appreciate for many students."--BOOK JACKET. Ch. 1. What This publication is ready and Who This publication Is for -- Ch. 2. facts and instinct -- Ch. three. Integers -- Ch. four. Rational Numbers and the genuine Numbers -- Ch. five. advanced Numbers -- Ch. 6. basic Theorem of Algebra -- Ch. 7. Integers Modulo n -- Ch. eight. staff conception -- Ch. nine. Polynomials over the Integers and Rationals -- Ch. 10. Roots of Polynomials of measure below five -- Ch. eleven. Rational Values of Trigonometric features -- Ch. 12. Polynomials over Arbitrary Fields -- Ch. thirteen. distinction features and Partial Fractions -- Ch. 14. creation to Linear Algebra and Vector areas -- Ch. 15. levels and Galois teams of box Extensions -- Ch. sixteen. Geometric structures -- Ch. 17. Insolvability of the Quintic

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This is no coincidence, and in Chapter 12 we shall show that a root of a polynomial g(x) is a double root if and only if it is also a root of g (x). We have already discussed how difficult it can be to find the roots of a polynomial. Given the difficulty in finding the roots of both a polynomial and its derivative, you might assume that it would still be quite difficult to test if a polynomial has multiple roots. However, we shall see in Chapter 12 that there is an easy algorithm for determining if a polynomial has multiple roots.

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In particular, these proofs will be based on some fascinating properties that are shared by both integers and polynomials. An important and recurring theme throughout this book, and throughout abstract algebra, is the strong similarity between the properties of integers and polynomials. By developing an understanding of these properties of the integers in Chapter 3, we will be providing a blueprint for our study of polynomials in Chapters 9, 12, and 17. At this point, we also need to be careful when saying that we have proven that numbers like 21/2 , 71/2 , and 211/5 are irrational.

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