Expression with powers

If x-1/x=5, find the value of x4+1/x4

Result

v =  727

Solution:

x1/x=5  x25x1=0  a=1;b=5;c=1 D=b24ac=5241(1)=29 D>0  x1,2=b±D2a=5±292 x1,2=2.5±2.6925824035673 x1=5.1925824035673 x2=0.19258240356725   Factored form of the equation:  (x5.1925824035673)(x+0.19258240356725)=0  v1=x14+1/x14=5.19264+1/5.19264=727 v2=x24+1/x24=(0.1926)4+1/(0.1926)4=727  v1=v2 v=v1=727x-1/x=5 \ \\ \ \\ x^2 -5x -1=0 \ \\ \ \\ a=1; b=-5; c=-1 \ \\ D=b^2 - 4ac=5^2 - 4\cdot 1 \cdot (-1)=29 \ \\ D>0 \ \\ \ \\ x_{1,2}=\dfrac{ -b \pm \sqrt{ D } }{ 2a }=\dfrac{ 5 \pm \sqrt{ 29 } }{ 2 } \ \\ x_{1,2}=2.5 \pm 2.6925824035673 \ \\ x_{1}=5.1925824035673 \ \\ x_{2}=-0.19258240356725 \ \\ \ \\ \text{ Factored form of the equation: } \ \\ (x -5.1925824035673) (x +0.19258240356725)=0 \ \\ \ \\ v_{1}=x_{1}^4+1/x_{1}^4=5.1926^4+1/5.1926^4=727 \ \\ v_{2}=x_{2}^4+1/x_{2}^4=(-0.1926)^4+1/(-0.1926)^4=727 \ \\ \ \\ v_{1}=v_{2} \ \\ v=v_{1}=727

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