If a polynomial function has integer coefficients, then every rational zero will have the form where is a factor of the constant and is a factor of the leading coefficient.

Find every combination of . These are the possible roots of the polynomial function.

Substitute the possible roots one by one into the polynomial to find the actual roots. Simplify to check if the value is , which means it is a root.

Simplify each term.

Raising to any positive power yields .

Multiply by .

Raising to any positive power yields .

Multiply by .

Raising to any positive power yields .

Multiply by .

Simplify by adding zeros.

Add and .

Add and .

Since is a known root, divide the polynomial by to find the quotient polynomial. This polynomial can then be used to find the remaining roots.

Place the numbers representing the divisor and the dividend into a division-like configuration.

The first number in the dividend is put into the first position of the result area (below the horizontal line).

Multiply the newest entry in the result by the divisor and place the result of under the next term in the dividend .

Add the product of the multiplication and the number from the dividend and put the result in the next position on the result line.

Multiply the newest entry in the result by the divisor and place the result of under the next term in the dividend .

Add the product of the multiplication and the number from the dividend and put the result in the next position on the result line.

Multiply the newest entry in the result by the divisor and place the result of under the next term in the dividend .

Add the product of the multiplication and the number from the dividend and put the result in the next position on the result line.

All numbers except the last become the coefficients of the quotient polynomial. The last value in the result line is the remainder.

Simplify the quotient polynomial.

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor using the AC method.

Consider the form . Find a pair of integers whose product is and whose sum is . In this case, whose product is and whose sum is .

Write the factored form using these integers.

Remove unnecessary parentheses.

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor.

Factor using the AC method.

Consider the form . Find a pair of integers whose product is and whose sum is . In this case, whose product is and whose sum is .

Write the factored form using these integers.

Remove unnecessary parentheses.

Divide each term in by .

Simplify .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Divide by .

Apply the distributive property.

Multiply by by adding the exponents.

Multiply by .

Raise to the power of .

Use the power rule to combine exponents.

Add and .

Move to the left of .

Expand using the FOIL Method.

Apply the distributive property.

Apply the distributive property.

Apply the distributive property.

Simplify and combine like terms.

Simplify each term.

Multiply by by adding the exponents.

Multiply by .

Raise to the power of .

Use the power rule to combine exponents.

Add and .

Move to the left of .

Multiply by by adding the exponents.

Move .

Multiply by .

Raise to the power of .

Use the power rule to combine exponents.

Add and .

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Divide by .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor.

Factor using the AC method.

Consider the form . Find a pair of integers whose product is and whose sum is . In this case, whose product is and whose sum is .

Write the factored form using these integers.

Remove unnecessary parentheses.

If any individual factor on the left side of the equation is equal to , the entire expression will be equal to .

Set the first factor equal to .

Take the square root of both sides of the equation to eliminate the exponent on the left side.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

Simplify the right side of the equation.

Rewrite as .

Pull terms out from under the radical, assuming positive real numbers.

is equal to .

Set the next factor equal to .

Add to both sides of the equation.

Set the next factor equal to .

Add to both sides of the equation.

The final solution is all the values that make true.

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