# On the Power Sums of the Roots of a Polynomial

by Martin L. Brock

Mathematics Magazine
October, 1986

Subject classification(s): Algebra and Number Theory | Linear Algebra
Applicable Course(s): 3.8 Linear/Matrix Algebra

Results on the sums of $$k$$th powers of the roots of a polynomial are "obtained quickly and simply by the use of a theorem of linear algebra", avoiding the theory of symmetric functions.

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