Given 2 positive reals a and b. There exists 2 polynomials F(x)=x2+ax+b and G(x)=x2+bx+a such that all roots of polynomials F(G(x)) and G(F(x)) are real. Show that a and b are greater than 6.
the roots of F are
so we need F(x) to equal these values
These two quadratics must each have positive discriminant (the on with a "+" is guaranteed to be, so we just need the one with a "-")
a^2+6a-4sqrt(a^2/4-a) > 0
which simplifies to the cubic
the relevant root is approximately 7.35026
I'm not sure if this is a dead-end. To complete a proof by this method, you'd need to show that increasing a wouldn't allow b to decrease below 6.
Edited on November 22, 2020, 12:16 pm
Posted by Jer
on 2020-11-22 11:36:02