Definition:Quintic Equation

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Definition

Let $\map f x = a x^5 + b x^4 + c x^3 + d x^2 + e x + f$ be a polynomial function over a field $\mathbb k$ of degree $5$.


Then the equation $\map f x = 0$ is the general quintic equation over $\mathbb k$.


Examples

Example: $z^5 - 2 z^4 - z^3 + 6 z - 4 = 0$

The quintic equation:

$z^5 - 2 z^4 - z^3 + 6 z - 4 = 0$

has solutions:

$1, 1, 2, -1 \pm i$


Also see

  • Abel-Ruffini Theorem, which proves that, in general, a quintic equation can not be solved analytically.


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