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# If $x^3 = 2x+1$, what is $x^k$ as a quadratic? Add to your resource collection Remove from your resource collection Add notes to this resource View your notes for this resource

Ref: R8586

## Suggestion

Suppose that $x$ satisfies the equation $x^3=2x+1.$

1. For every integer $k\geq0$, we can uniquely write $x^k=A_k+B_kx+C_kx^2$ where $A_k$, $B_k$, $C_k$ are integers. So, in part (i), it was shown that $A_4=0,\ B_4=1,\ C_4=2 \qquad\text{and}\qquad A_5=2,\ B_5=4,\ C_5=1.$ Show that $A_{k+1}=C_k,\qquad B_{k+1}=A_k+2C_k,\qquad C_{k+1}=B_k.$

What happens if we multiply $x^k=A_k+B_kx+C_kx^2$ by $x$?

1. Let $D_k=A_k+C_k-B_k.$ Show that $D_{k+1}=-D_k$ and hence that $A_k+C_k=B_k+(-1)^k.$

If $D_{k+1}=-D_k$, then can we come up a formula for $D_k$?