# Vieta's Solution of a Cubic Equation

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This Demonstration shows Vieta's solution of the depressed cubic equation , where . To solve it, draw an isosceles triangle with base and unit legs. Let be the angle at the base and . Draw a second isosceles triangle with base angle and unit legs. The base of the second triangle is a root of the equation.

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Contributed by: Izidor Hafner (October 2017)

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[1] G. E. Martin, *Geometric Constructions*, New York: Springer, 1998 pp. 126–140.

[2] M. Hladnik, "Some Historical Constructions of the Regular Heptagon" (in Slovenian), *Obzornik za matematiko in fiziko*, 61(4), 2014 pp. 132–145. www.obzornik.si/61.

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