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If x, y and z are real numbers such that: x + y + z = 5 and xy + yz + zx = 3. What is the largest value that any of the numbers can have? In y = ax +b when are a, -b/a, b in arithmetic progression. The polynomial y = ax^2 + bx + c has roots r1 and r2. Can a, r1, b, r2 and c be in arithmetic progression? Polynomial Relations

Given any two polynomials in a single variable it is always possible to eliminate the variable and obtain a formula showing the relationship between the two polynomials. Try this one.

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Given any two polynomials in a single variable it is always possible to eliminate the variable and obtain a formula showing the relationship between the two polynomials.

$$\begin{eqnarray} a(n) &= &1 + 2 + 3 + ... + n \\ b(n) &= &1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + ... + n^2\\ c(n) &= &1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3 + ... + n^3. \end{eqnarray}$$

It is well known that $c(n) = a(n)^2$ . What are the relationships between $a(n)$ and $b(n)$ and between $b(n)$ and $c(n)$?