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Real Equation Resolution (Posted on 2015-12-17) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Find all possible real x that satisfy this equation:

x3 - 3x = √(x+2)

No Solution Yet Submitted by K Sengupta    
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This seems too straightforward for perplexus.  I hope I missed some clever trick.

Just square each side and make a 6th power polynomial:
x^6-6x^4+9x^2-x-2 = 0

Factoring yields: 
(x-2) * (x^2+x-1) * (x^3+x^2-2x-1) = 0

A little help from a numeric solver gets us roots of:
2, (-1-sqrt(5))/2, (-1+sqrt(5))/2, -1.8019, -0.44504, 1.2470

Plugging them back into the original gets three of the six as final answers:
x = {2, (-1+sqrt(5))/2, -0.44504 }

  Posted by Brian Smith on 2015-12-17 23:39:15
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