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PC Grph of Polynomial f(x)

# PC Grph of Polynomial f(x)

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Notes by Dr. David Archer
teacher of Calculus at Andress High
Notes by Dr. David Archer
teacher of Calculus at Andress High

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Graphs of PolynomialFunctions

A
polynomial function
is a function of the form
11 1 0
( )
n nn n
f x a x a x a x a
= + + + +
L
where
n
is a nonnegative integer and each
a
i
(
i
= 0, ,
n
)is a real number.The polynomial function has a
a
n
and
degree

n
.
Examples
: Find the leading coefficient and degree of each polynomial function.Polynomial FunctionLeading Coefficient Degree
5 3
( ) 2 3 5 1
f x x x x
= + +
3 2
( ) 6 7
f x x x x
= + +
( ) 14
f x
=
-2 51 314 0

Graphs of polynomial functions arecontinuous. That is, theyhave no breaks, holes, or gaps.Polynomial functions are alsosmoothwith rounded turns. Graphswith points or cusps are not graphs of polynomial functions.
x y x y
continuousnot continuouscontinuoussmoothnot smooth polynomialnot polynomialnot polynomial
x y
f

(
x
) =
x
3
– 5
x
2
+ 4
x
+ 4

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