Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Tags:
Mathematics, Tmm0022
Language:
English
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Complex Zeros and Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

In this module we will learn about the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra which states that a polynomial of degree n with complex coefficients has at least one complex zero. When this result is applied repeatedly, we get the Complex Factorization Theorem which states that a degree n polynomial has exactly n complex zeros including multiplicity. Thus, we note that a polynomial of degree n can be written as a product of n complex linear factors including multiplicity. We will see that complex zeros occur in conjugate pairs. Further, a degree n polynomial with real coefficients can be written as a product of linear factor and irreducible quadratic factors

Learning Objectives:

• Complex numbers, magnitude and arithmetic including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
• Apply Complex Factorization Theorem to find all zeros of a polynomial
• Apply Real Factorization Theorem to find all zeros of a polynomial