Newton's Formula for Power Sums of Zeros of Polynomial


Newton's Formula for Power Sums of Zeros
-2 
-2  -6 
12  -26 
      58 
      -88 
      54 
      174 
      -752 
      1702 
      -2466 
      1204 
      5718 
      -22678 
Let z1, z2, z3, z4 be the zeros of x4 + 2x3 + x2 - 2x + 3. Then
z16 + z26 + z36 + z46 = - 88.


Reference: H. S. Wilf, Mathematics for the Physical Sciences, pp. 100-102.


 

Note on Newton's Relations

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then

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so

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