Questions on the functionality operating on polynomials

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Finding real roots of negative numbers (for example, $\sqrt[3]{-8}$)

Say I want to quickly calculate $\sqrt[3]{-8}$, to which the most obvious solution is $-2$. When I input $\sqrt[3]{-8}$ or Power[-8, 3^-1], Mathematica gives the ...
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Funny behaviour when plotting a polynomial of high degree and large coefficients

I am trying to plot a polynomial of degree 29 on the domain [0,1], with fairly large coefficients: ...
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How do I reassign canonical ordering of symbols?

I have a big polynomial that evaluates to: $$A^2 e^2 \phi ^- \phi ^++A e \phi ^- \phi ^+ c_{2 w} g_Z+\frac{1}{2} A e g h W^- \phi ^+ +\ll13\gg,$$ which is supposed to represent some terms in the ...
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What are Root objects with multiple polynomials?

In Mathematica 9 a new flavor of Root object with multiple polynomials was introduced. For example, ...
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How to keep Collect[] result in order?

For example, Collect[(1 + x + Cos[s] x^2)^3, x] gives the result ...
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How do I replace a variable in a polynomial?

How do I substitue z^2->x in the following polynomial z^4+z^2+4? z^4+z^2+4 /. z^2->x ...
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Surprises simplifying simple polynomials

I came across some somewhat surprising behavior of Simplify today, on something very simple. Let's take two cubic polynomials that we know have the same value: ...
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Is there a way to Collect[] for more than one symbol?

Oftentimes you find yourself looking for polynomials in multiple variables. Consider the following expression: a(x - y)^3 + b(x - y) + c(x - y) + d as you can ...
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ToNumberField won't recognize Root as an explicit algebraic number

In Mathematica 9.0.1, it appears that ToNumberField will not always recognize a Root object as an explicit algebraic number. ...
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Computing the genus of an algebraic curve

How-to compute the genus of an algebraic curve in Mathematica ? In my case the algebraic curve is explicitly defined by a polynomial.
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How to replace every possible $A+B$ and $AB$ in expansion of $(A+B)^{10}-A^{10}-B^{10}$ with $x$ and $y$, respectively?

I would like to replace every possible $A+B$ and $AB$ in expansion of $(A+B)^{10}-A^{10}-B^{10}$ with $x$ and $y$, respectively. How to do it with the simplest code in Mathematica? For example, ...
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Factorizing polynomials over fields other than $\mathbb{C}$

I'd like to take a polynomial in $\mathbb{Z}_5[x]$ of the form $ax^2+bx+c$ and factor it into irreducible polynomials. For example: Input... x^2+4 Output... ...
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How do I find the degree of a multivariable polynomial automatically?

I have a very simple question which appears not to have already been answered on this forum. Is there built-in functionality that returns the degree of a multivariable polynomial? For example if the ...
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Rearranging a Polynomial

In Mathematica 8.04 on Windows, I want to display a formula in standard textbook format. The formula is the variance of an $N$-security portfolio. For two securities it is: ...
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Any efficient way to make complete homogeneous symmetric functions in Mathematica?

We do have elementary symmetric functions, SymmetricPolynomial[k, {x_1, ..., x_n}] . But I didn't find complete homogeneous symmetric functions. The induction ...
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How to deduce a generator formula for a polynomial sequence?

Consider a polynomial sequence $\{p_n\}$ generated by some (simple) rule: $$ \begin{array}{l} p_1(x)=x \\ p_2(x)=2 x-x^2 \\ p_3(x)= x^3-3 x^2+3 x \\ p_4(x)=-x^4+4 x^3-6 x^2+4 x \\ p_5(x)= x^5-5 ...
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Find roots of polynomial in field extension $GF(2^n)$?

How can I find roots of polynomial in extension field $GF(2^n)$?
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Gröbner basis on a particular set of equations

This question is very similar in gist to equation solving with GroebnerBasis, but hopefully when I say that I make the system a little larger I mean little. I have ...
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How do I get a two-term polynomial with a leading negative sign to display in the correct (i.e. textbook) order?

The first three expressions evaluate as expected and the polynomial is displayed in what I would call "textbook" form. The last expression, however, switches the order of terms. Mathematica employs ...
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First positive root

Simple question but problem with NSolve. I need help how to extract first positive root? For example: ...
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“Evaluating” polynomials of functions (Symbols)

I want to implement the following type evaluation symbolically $$(f^2g + fg + g)(x) \to f(x)^2 g(x) + f(x) g(x) + g(x)$$ In general, on left hand side there is a polynomial in an arbitrary number of ...
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Checking if the roots of a function are real

I'm trying to determine if the roots of a function are real. How would you do that? (In particular I'm interested in verifying that the roots of LegendreP[6, x] ...
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Factoring polynomials to factors involving complex coefficients

I've run into some problems using Factor on polynomials with complex coefficient factors. Reading the documentation it looks like it only factors over the ...
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Defining a function that completes the square given a quadratic polynomial expression

How can I write a function that would complete the square in a quadratic polynomial expression such that, for example, CompleteTheSquare[5 x^2 + 27 x - 5, x] ...
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How can we plot the complex roots of an equation?

If we'd like to display the $n$ roots of a polynomial on the complex plane as points, how can we do this? For example, if we have the equation $x^3 + x^2 + x + 1$, how can we plot the 3 roots as ...
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How to collect terms with positive powers in polynomial

I am trying to collect all terms with non-negative powers of $x$ in polynomials like $\frac{1}{x^2}\left(a x^2+x^{\pi }+x+z\right)^2$ First expand the polynomial ...
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How to substitute the following conditions into an expression?

I have an expression: $p=a\;b\; x + b^2\; y + a\;c\; z$. I want to substitute $a\;b=1$, $b^2 = 2$ and $a\;c = 4$ to obtain $p = x + 2y + 4z$. How can I tell Mathematica to do that? I dont know how to ...
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Get polynomial interpolation formula

I'm attempting to get a polynomial interpolation formula out of Mathematica but I am absolutely lost. I stared out using ...
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GroebnerBasis without specifying variables

All the examples in the Mathematica documentation specify that the syntax for the GroebnerBasis command is ...
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Writing an expression as sum of squares of expressions

Suppose we have a symmetric homogeneous polynomial expression $P$ in $X=(x_1,\cdots, x_n)$. I want to check whether there are functions $g(X)$ so that $P$ is of the form $\sum _{1\le i<j\le n} ...
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Apart may use Padé method: what's that?

How does Apart work? The page tutorial/SomeNotesOnInternalImplementation#7441 says, "Apart ...
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What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$?

What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$? I want to evaluate It and I've tried to use the most obvious way: simply typing and evaluating $(x+y)^2$, But it gives me only ...
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Lowering the degree of an polynomial with an assumption that the polynomial has a factor x^2+ax+b

Let's assume $ x^{10}+x^5+1 $ has a factor $x^2+ax+b$ Then, If $x^2=-ax-b$, $ x^{10}+x^5+1 =0$. If we successively apply $x^2=-ax-b$ to $ x^{10}+x^5+1 $, we can make $ x^{10}+x^5+1 $ to degree 1, ...
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Finding the coefficient of a certain power in a generating function

I want to compute $(t^1+\dots +t^5)(t^2+\dots+ t^6)(t^3+\dots +t^9)$ and find the coefficient of $t^{15}$ for example. $t$ is an indeterminate Now in Maple this is simply as ...
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3D Plot: Number of Roots in x of a polynomial in x, a, b and c

I have a polynomial in four variables x,a,b and c. The number of roots of the polynomial in x depends of the choice of a, b and c. I would like to have a 3D-Plot with a, b and c on the axes, while the ...
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Why does Expand not work within a function?

I'm writing this fairly simple function: ...
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How can I plot a Chebyshev spiral?

The Chebyshev polynomials T_n of the first kind are a certain set of orthogonal polynomials. They can be defined by T_n(cos(x))=cos(nx), the first of them are T_0(x) = 1 T_1(x) = x T_2(x) = ...
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Why does PolynomialQ[x^n, x] return False?

From what I can see PolynomialQ will return False whenever some exponent is another variable such as here: ...
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NSolve missing solutions in Mathematica 10

Running Mathematica 8.0.4 and 10.0.0 on a Windows 8.1 machine. Processed the same code with both kernels: ...
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Finding common roots of a specific system of polynomials

Some of my colleges are interested in finding common zeros of the following four polynomials: ...
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How to express the original ideal elements in the Groebner basis?

Suppose I call GroebnerBasis[{f1, f2, ...}, {x1,x2, ...}] The output is a list {g1,g2,...} For each $g_j$, there should be ...
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The third argument of the Root function

Consider the roots of an arbitrary indecomposable polynomial: sol = Solve[x^5 + 2 x + 1 == 0, x] The returned expression is ...
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A problem with polynomial root finding

I use the expression ...
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Series expansion in terms of Hermite polynomials

I am trying to expand a polynomial in terms of orthogonal polynomials (in my case, Hermite). Maple has a nice built-in function for this, ChangeBasis. Is there a ...
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How to find monotonically increasing intervals of a function

I tried this code, but not working Clear[f]; f[x_] := x^3 - 3 x + 2; ForAll[{x1, x2}, x1 < x2, f[x1] < f[x2]] Reduce[%, {x1, x2}, Reals] I expected the ...
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How to get exact roots of this polynomial?

The equation $$ 64x^7 -112x^5 -8x^4 +56x^3 +8x^2 -7x - 1 = 0 $$ has seven solutions $x = 1$, $x = -\dfrac{1}{2}$ and $x = \cos \dfrac{2n\pi}{11}$, where $n$ runs from $1$ to $5$. With ...
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Finding the characteristic polynomial of a matrix modulus n

Given a square matrix, is it possible to calculate its characteristic polynomial modulo n? Unfortunately, this function ...
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Piecewise Polynomial Interpolation

Given some data pairs $(x_i,y_i)$, with $i=0,...,m$, and a degree $r$, I wish to build a piecewise polynomial function to interpolate these data. That interpolation should be continuous, and, on every ...
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How can I make the output from Solve look nice?

I have a problem with presenting solutions. Roots of 4th order polynomials are big expressions. Is there a way to present the roots, s2 and s3, in normal form with some substitutions? Maybe a way to ...