       Re: Factor[1+x^4]

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• Subject: [mg26866] Re: [mg26855] Factor[1+x^4]
• From: Matt.Johnson at autolivasp.com
• Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 01:27:16 -0500 (EST)
• Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

```Tom:

This will produce the factors:
In:=
factors = Solve[1 + x^4 == 0, x]
Out=
\!\({{x -> \(-\((\(-1\))\)\^\(1/4\)\)}, {x -> \((\(-1\))\)\^\(1/4\)}, {x -> \
\(-\((\(-1\))\)\^\(3/4\)\)}, {x -> \((\(-1\))\)\^\(3/4\)}}\)

This will put them in complex form:
In:=
ComplexExpand[x /. factors]
Out=
\!\({\(-\(\(1 + \[ImaginaryI]\)\/\@2\)\), \(1 + \[ImaginaryI]\)\/\@2, \(1 - \
\[ImaginaryI]\)\/\@2, \(-\(\(1 - \[ImaginaryI]\)\/\@2\)\)}\)

-matt

"Tom Cage" <k5gj at earthlink.net> on 01/24/2001 11:13:31 PM

cc:
Subject: [mg26866]  [mg26855] Factor[1+x^4]

I would like to factor 1+x^4.   Mathematica 3 will only respond with
In:= Factor[1+x^4]
Out= 1+x^4

Other systems will give the complex result

1+x^4 = (x+1/2*Sqrt(2)*I+1/2*Sqrt(2))*
(x+1/2*Sqrt(2)*I-1/2*Sqrt(2))*
(x-1/2*Sqrt(2)*I+1/2*Sqrt(2))*
(x-1/2*Sqrt(2)*I-1/2*Sqrt(2))

How would I factor 1+x^4 with Mathematica

```

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