# 1.(ii)   Determine which of the following polynomials has $(x + 1)$ a factor :    (ii)    $x^4 + x^3 + x^2 +x + 1$

G Gautam harsolia

Zero of polynomial   $(x + 1)$  is -1.

If  $(x + 1)$  is a factor of polynomial    $p(x)=x^4 + x^3 + x^2 +x + 1$

Then, $p(-1)$  must be equal to zero

Now,

$\Rightarrow p(-1)=(-1)^4+(-1)^3+(-1)^2-1+1$

$\Rightarrow p(-1)=1-1+1-1+1 = 1\neq 0$

Therefore,  $(x + 1)$  is not a factor of polynomial   $p(x)=x^4 + x^3 + x^2 +x + 1$

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