## which of the following is a root of the polynomial function below F(x)= x^3 – 3x^2 + x + 5 A) 2+I B) 1 C) 2 D

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Answer:A) 2 + i

Step-by-step explanation:F(x) = x^3 – 3x^2 + x + 5

0 = x^3 – 3x^2 + x + 5

0 = (x+1)(x^2 – 4x + 5)

Great, now we can separate these two parenthesis expressions because of the Zero Product Property. Start with the simple one:

0 = x + 1

x = -1We have our first real root! But it doesn’t look like that’s one of the answer choices, so move on to the other expression:

0 = (x^2 – 4x +5)

This expression can’t be factored, so we will use the quadratic formula (which is x = [tex]\frac{-b+-\sqrt{b^{2}-4ac } }{2a}[/tex]).

First solve for the positive part:

= (4 + sqrt(16-20)) / 2

= 4 + sqrt(-4) / 2

= 4 + 2i / 2

= 2 + iThen for the negative part:

= (4 – sqrt(16-20)) / 2

= 4 – sqrt(-4) / 2

= 4 – 2i / 2

= 2 – i2 + iis answer choice A! Our other roots,2 – iand-1, aren’t answer choices.