Descartes's rule of signs

Des·​cartes's rule of signs | \ (ˈ)dā¦kärts-, -kȧts- \

Definition of Descartes's rule of signs

: a rule of algebra: in an algebraic equation with real coefficients, F(x) = 0, arranged according to powers of x, the number of positive roots cannot exceed the number of variations in the signs of the coefficients of the various powers and the difference between the number of positive roots and the number of variations in the signs of the coefficients is even

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History and Etymology for Descartes's rule of signs

after René Descartes †1650 French philosopher and mathematician

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“Descartes's rule of signs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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