Precalculus Ms Oehrlein

Name ______________________________ Math Lab #5

Can we extend this work to three binomials? What happens when we try it? Given:

f (x) = x + 2

g(x) = 1 − x

h(x) = x − 3

1. The table has been completed for you.

x -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3

f (x) = x + 2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5

g(x) = 1 − x 4 3 2 1 0 -1 -2

h(x) = x − 3 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0

f (x)ig(x)ih(x) 24 0 -8 -6 0 4 0

2. Refer to the page with the graphs of f (x), g(x), h(x) and f (x)ig(x)ih(x) 3. Is the result of the product of three binomials a parabola? _________________ 4. What can you say about the x-intercepts of the three lines, and the x-intercepts of our new function? ___________________________________________________________ 5. Is this new shape a function? Why or why not? ______________________________ 6. Determine the equation for the new shape by multiplying the equations for f (x), g(x), and h(x) .

7. What is the degree of this polynomial? __________________________________ 8. Do you think there may be a relationship between the number of linear factors used to create a polynomial and the degree of the polynomial? Why or why not?

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