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Unformatted text preview: rval [−(M + 1), M + 1]. The proof of this fact is not easily explained within the confines of this text. This paper contains the result and gives references to its proof. Like many of the results in this section, Cauchy’s Bound is best understood with an example. Example 3.3.1. Let f (x) = 2x4 + 4x3 − x2 − 6x − 3. Determine an interval which contains all of the real zeros of f . Solution. Cauchy’s Bound says to take the absolute value of each of the non-leading coefficients of f , namely, 4, 1, 6 and 3, and divide them by the absolute value of the leading coefficient, 2. 1 3 Doing so produces the list of numbers 2, 2 , 3, and 2 . Next, we take the largest of these values, 3, as our value M in the theorem and add one to it to get 4. The real zeros of f are guaranteed to lie in the interval [−4, 4]. Whereas the previous result tells us where we can find the real zeros of a polynomial, the next theorem gives us a list of possible real zeros. Theorem 3.9. Rational Zeros Theorem: Suppose f (x) = an xn + an−1 xn−1 + . . ....
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