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PC Polynomials

# PC Polynomials

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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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09/10/2010

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Apolynomial functionis a function of the form:
( )
onnnn
a xa xa xa x f
++++=
111
All of these coefficients are real numbers
n
must be a nonnegative integer Remember integers are … –2, -1, 0, 1, 2 … (no decimalsor fractions) so nonnegative integers would be 0, 1, 2 …
Thedegreeof the polynomial is the largestpower on any
x
term in the polynomial.

x
0
21
x x
=
Not a polynomial because of thesquare root since the power is NOTan integer
( )
x x x f
=
4
2
Determine which of the following are polynomialfunctions. If the function is a polynomial, state itsdegree.A polynomial of degree 4.
( )
2
=
x g
( )
12
+=
x xh
( )
2
3
x x x F
+=
A polynomial of degree 0.
We can write in an
x
0
since this = 1.Not a polynomial because of the x inthe denominator since the power isNOT nonnegative
1
1
=
x x