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9-121.

Carlos is always playing games with his graphing calculator, but now his calculator has contracted a virus. The $\boxed{\text{TRACE}}$,  $\boxed{\text{ZOOM}}$ and $\boxed{\text{WINDOW}}$ functions on his calculator are not working. He needs to solve $x^{3} + 5x^{2} − 16x −14 = 0$, so he graphs $y = x^{3} + 5x^{2} − 16x − 14$ and sees the graph below in the standard window. 1. From the graph, what appears to be an integer solution to the equation?

$x=−7$

$y = −343 + 245 + 112 −14\\y = 0$

3. Since $x = −7$ is a solution to the equation, what is the factor associated with this solution?

$(x+7)$

4. Use polynomial division to find the other factor.

Divide $x^{3} + 5x^{2} −16x −14$ by $x + 7$ using a generic rectangle.

$x^{2} −2x −2$    5. Use your new factor to complete this equation:
$x^{3} + 5x^{2} − 16x −14 = \left(x + 7\right)(\textit{other factor}) = 0$

$x ^{3} + 5x ^{2} − 16x − 14 = \left(x + 7\right)\left(x ^{2} − 2x − 2\right) = 0$

6. The “other factor” leads to two other solutions to the equation. Find these two new solutions and give all three solutions to the original equation.