Electronic Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsChicago, Illinois, October 30-November 2, 2003Paper C037The Cubic and Quartic Equations in Intermediate Algebra Courses |
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This talk will first summarize the properties of the roots of the quadratic equation using the quadratic formula. This will then guide us in presenting the solution of the cubic, as was known in the 16th Century to Tartaglia, Cardano, Ferrari, and Descartes. A quick pass on the quartic will also be given. Other more practical methods of solution (such as Descartes' Rule of Signs, the Intermediate Value Theorem, the Rational Root Theorem, and other approximation techniques) will then be mentioned. Examples will be provided, as time permits. No original results are claimed, except the presentation of classical results.
Keyword(s): college algebra