On real or imaginary roots of algebraic equations for which the left-hand side is a rational and integer function of one variable. The solution of equations of this kind by algebra or trigonometry.

Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)

where n represents the degree of this equation and a 0, a 1, a 2, …, a n−1, an, are constant coefficients, real or imaginary. A root of this equation is any expression,real or imaginary, that when substituted in place of the unknown value x, makes the left-hand side equal to zero.


Algebraic Equation Real Root Linear Factor Imaginary Root Fourth Degree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsWestern Connecticut State UniversityDanburyUSA

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