Solve in positive integers the cubic
The solution (obviously) is 13 but you know how Dirty n Untidy n Ugly the cubic equations are to solve!!
If anyone's got a Good way to solve the above, please let me know!!:cool:
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He probably graphed the equation and eyeballed the root as 13. This is an acceptable conjecture which can be proved by plugging in. A little fortuitious but... Then it is trival to prove that it is the only positive root.
You would deflate out the obvious root.
The discriminant of the right side is - 472, so 13 is the only positive root.
In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.
Another way is to use the method developed for solving a general cubic. It is given in a thread of mine and is available on the net.
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