`IsSeparablePolynomial( `

` )`

returns `true`

if the rational polynomial `f` has simple roots only
and `false`

otherwise.

`IsSolvable( `

` )`

`IsSolvablePolynomial( `

` )`

returns `true`

if the rational polynomial `f` has a solvable Galois group and
`false`

otherwise. It signals an error if there exists an irreducible factor
with degree greater than 15.

`SplittingField( `

` )`

`IsomorphicMatrixField( `

` )`

`RootsAsMatrices( `

` )`

`IsomorphismMatrixField( `

` )`

For a normed, rational polynomial `f`, `SplittingField(`

`f``)`

returns the
smallest algebraic extension field `L` of the rationals containing all
roots of `f`. The field is constructed with `FieldByPolynomial`

(see
Creation of number fields in Alnuth). The primitive element of `L` is
denoted by `a`

. A matrix field `K` isomorphic to `L` is known after
the computation and can be accessed using `IsomorphicMatrixField(`

`L````
.
The matrices, one for each distinct root of
```

`f`, in the list produced
by `RootsOfMatrices(`

`f``)`

lie in `K`. `IsomorphismMatrixField( `

`L`` )`

returns an isomorphism of `L` onto `K`.

gap> x := Indeterminate( Rationals, "x" );; gap> f := UnivariatePolynomial( Rationals, [1,3,4,1] ); x^3+4*x^2+3*x+1 gap> L := SplittingField( f ); <algebraic extension over the Rationals of degree 6> gap> y := Indeterminate( L, "y" );; gap> FactorsPolynomialAlgExt( L, f ); [ y+(-3/94*a^4-24/47*a^3-253/94*a^2-535/94*a-168/47), y+(-3/94*a^4-24/47*a^3-253/94*a^2-441/94*a+20/47), y+(3/47*a^4+48/47*a^3+253/47*a^2+488/47*a+336/47) ] gap> IsomorphicMatrixField( L ); <rational matrix field of degree 6> gap> Display(RootsAsMatrices(f)[1]); [ [ 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0 ], [ 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0 ], [ -1, -3, -4, 0, 0, 0 ], [ 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0 ], [ 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1 ], [ 0, 0, 0, -1, -3, -4 ] ] gap> MinimalPolynomial( Rationals, RootsAsMatrices(f)[1]); x^3+4*x^2+3*x+1 gap> iso := IsomorphismMatrixField( L ); MappingByFunction( <algebraic extension over the Rationals of degree 6>, <rational matrix field of degree 6>, function( x ) ... end, function( mat ) ... end ) gap> PreImages( iso, RootsAsMatrices( f ) ); [ -3/47*a^4-48/47*a^3-253/47*a^2-488/47*a-336/47, 3/94*a^4+24/47*a^3+253/94*a^2+441/94*a-20/47, 3/94*a^4+24/47*a^3+253/94*a^2+535/94*a+168/47 ]To factorise a polynomial over its splitting field one has to use

`FactorsPolynomialAlgExt`

(see Alnuth) instead of `Factors`

.
`GaloisGroupOnRoots( `

` )`

calculates the Galois group `G` of the rational polynomial `f`, which
has to be separable, as a permutation group with respect to the
ordering of the roots of `f` given as matrices by `RootsAsMatrices`

.

gap> GaloisGroupOnRoots(f); Group([ (2,3), (1,2) ])

If you only want to get the Galois group abstractly, and if *f* is
irreducible of degree at most 15, it is often better to use the
function `GaloisType`

(see Chapter Polynomials over the Rationals in the GAP reference manual).

`RootsOfPolynomialAsRadicals( `

` [, `

` [, `

` ] ] )`

computes a solution by radicals for the irreducible, rational polynomial `f`
up to degree 15 if the Galois group of `f` is
solvable, and returns `fail`

otherwise. If it succeeds and `mode` is
not `off`

, the function returns the path to a file containing the
description of the roots of `f` and generators of cyclic radical
extensions to produce its splitting field.

The user has several options to specify what happens with the results
of the computation. Therefore the optional second argument `mode`, a
string, can be set to one of the following values:

"dvi"Provided

`latex`

and the dvi viewer `xdvi`

are available, this option
will display the irreducible radical expression for the roots and
cyclic extension generators in a new window. The package uses this
option as the default.

"latex"A LaTeX file is generated which contains the encoding for the expression by radicals. This gives the user the opportunity to adjust the layout of the individual example before displaying the expression.

"maple"The generated file can be read into Maple Maple10 which makes a root of

`a`

.

"off"In this mode the function does not actually compute a radical expression but is only called for its side effects. Namely, the attributes

`SplittingField`

, `RootsAsMatrices`

and
`GaloisGroupOnRoots`

are known for
With the optional third argument `file` the user can specify a
file name under which the description files will be stored in the
directory from which GAP was called. Depending on the option for
`mode` an extension like `.tex`

might be added automatically.
If `file` is not given, the function places description files in a new
directory `/tmp/tmp.`

`string` with names such as `Nst`

and `Nst.tex`

;
the temporary directory is removed at the end of the GAP
session.

The computation may take a very long time and can get unfeasible if the
degree of `f` is greater than 7.

`RootsOfPolynomialAsRadicalsNC( `

` [, `

` [, `

` ] ] )`

does essentially the same as `RootsOfPolynomialAsRadicals`

except
that it runs no test on the input before starting the actual
computation. Therefore it can be used for polynomials with arbitrary
degree, but it may run for a very long time until a
non-solvable polynomial is recognized as such.

Detailed examples for these two functions can be found in the next section.

The function `RootsOfPolynomialAsRadicals`

does not generate output
inside GAP. Depending on the chosen mode, various kinds
of files can be created. As an example the polynomial from the
introduction will be considered.

gap> g := UnivariatePolynomial( Rationals, [1,1,-1,-1,1] ); x^4-x^3-x^2+x+1 gap> RootsOfPolynomialAsRadicals(g); "/tmp/tmp.8zkw5B/Nst.tex"

will cause a dvi file to appear in a new window:

An expression by radicals for the roots of the polynomial
*x*^{4}−*x*^{3}−*x*^{2} + *x* + 1 with the *n*-th root of unity ζ_{n} and

ω_{1} = √{ − 3},

ω_{2} = √{[7/2] − [1/2]ω_{1}},

ω_{3} = √{[7/2] + [1/2]ω_{1}},

is:

[1/4] − [1/4]ω_{1} + [1/2]ω_{2}

If one wants to work with the roots, it might be helpful to use Maple
Maple10, in which an expression like 2^{(1/2)} is valid.

gap> RootsOfPolynomialAsRadicals(g, "maple"); "/tmp/tmp.k9aTCz/Nst"

will create a file with the following content:

w1 := (-3)^(1/2); w2 := ((7/2) + (-1/2)*w1)^(1/2); w3 := ((7/2) + (1/2)*w1)^(1/2); a := (1/4) + (1/4)*w1 + (1/2)*w3;

After those computations several attributes are known for the polynomial in GAP.

gap> RootsOfPolynomialAsRadicalsNC( g, "off" ); gap> time; 0 gap> SplittingField( g ); <algebraic extension over the Rationals of degree 8> gap> time; 0 gap> GaloisGroupOnRoots( g ); Group([ (2,4), (1,2)(3,4) ]) gap> time; 0

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April 2014