Beyond the Quadratic Formula Hardback
The quadratic formula, discovered independently by many ancient scholars, is a familiar sight to anyone who has studied mathematics.
Less well known are formulas for the solutions of cubic and quartic equations whose discoveries were among the high points of sixteenth-century mathematics.
Their study forms the heart of this book, as part of the broader theme that a polynomial's coefficients can be used to obtain detailed information on its roots.
A closing chapter offers glimpses into the theory of higher-degree polynomials, concluding with a proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra.
The book is designed for self-study, with exercises and historical notes provided throughout.
It is ideal for high school students eager to go beyond the standard curriculum, undergraduates who desire an in-depth look at a topic they may have unwittingly skipped over, or teachers looking for ways to enhance their presentation of this fascinating topic.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 312 pages, 11 Line drawings, unspecified
- Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
- Publication Date: 10/10/2013
- Category: Mathematics
- ISBN: 9780883857830