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**tony123****Member**- Registered: 2007-08-03
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Solve in positive integers the cubic

x^3–(x+1)^2=2001

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**ZHero****Real Member**- Registered: 2008-06-08
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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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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

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.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
- Registered: 2011-05-23
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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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