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subtle (?) precision problem

Re: subtle (?) precision problem

by Darwyn Cook -
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Even in the relatively simple case of a fifth degree polynomial you have no guarantee that you can factor it. There are sophisticated numerical approximations techniques, but that doesn't even touch the transcendental function case. You could easily run into a case of a rational function that you could not simplify while a student might get lucky.