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I want to use the polynom package for synthetic division. However, while it works well for integer roots it does not take non-integer inputs. For example this works well:

\documentclass[12pt,letterpaper,oneside]{article}
\usepackage{polynom}

\begin{document}
    \polyhornerscheme[x=4]{2x^5-3x^4-23x^3-3x^2+51x+36}
\end{document}

But I don't know how to use a non-integer such as \sqrt{3} as a root:

\polyhornerscheme[x=\sqrt{3}]{2x^5-3x^4-23x^3-3x^2+51x+36}

Are there any workarounds to this problem, or am I just better off writting out the division manually in a table.

My apologies if this is a silly question, I'm new to both LaTeX and the polynom package.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Please make your code compilable (if possible), or at least complete it with \documentclass{...}, the required \usepackage's, \begin{document}, and \end{document}. That may seem tedious to you, but think of the extra work it represents for TeX.SX users willing to give you a hand. Help them help you: remove that one hurdle between you and a solution to your problem. – Adam Liter Apr 20 '15 at 19:30
  • Go to texdoc.net/texmf-dist/doc/latex/polynom/polynom.pdf and in the documentation pg 3 it is clearly stated that it only works for integers. – R. Schumacher Apr 20 '15 at 19:46
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    OK, I had just hopped that there might be some other workaround or similar package. How can I mark this question as resolved? – P-51D-25 Apr 20 '15 at 19:56
  • One of the entries in the line of small, grey words to the bottom left of your post should be 'close'. I believe that'll do it. – LSpice Apr 23 '15 at 0:49
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    @LSpice There is still some chance. For example, fixing an algebraic number ζ, one can calculate its minimal polynomial by hand. Then use \polylongdiv with customized layout. – Symbol 1 Apr 24 '15 at 16:00

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