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.

  • Robert E. Bradley
  • C. Edward Sandifer
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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