International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2004 (2004), Issue 54, Pages 2867-2893

Differential resolvents of minimal order and weight

John Michael Nahay

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Received 10 February 2004

Copyright © 2004 John Michael Nahay. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We will determine the number of powers of α that appear with nonzero coefficient in an α-power linear differential resolvent of smallest possible order of a univariate polynomial P(t) whose coefficients lie in an ordinary differential field and whose distinct roots are differentially independent over constants. We will then give an upper bound on the weight of an α-resolvent of smallest possible weight. We will then compute the indicial equation, apparent singularities, and Wronskian of the Cockle α-resolvent of a trinomial and finish with a related determinantal formula.