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Name __________________________________________________

Foundations of Math 3 – Birthday & Artistic Polynomial Rubric
The goal of this project is to creatively demonstrate your knowledge of
polynomial characteristics.
Due September 30
th

I. Your Birthday Polynomial

Construct your birthday polynomial as follows:
B(x) = x
3
– (month) x
2
+ (day) x – (year)
For example, if your birth date is March 31, 1985, then
B(x) = x
3
- 3x
2
+ 31x – 85.


My birthday polynomial is B(x) = _________________________________

Part 1:
Use Excel to graph your birthday polynomial and to answer all of the following
questions.
Use your graphing calculator to analyze the graph and answer the following
questions.
Enter B(x) into y
1
.
Find a window that gives a good view of B(x), including its roots and y-intercept.
State the window used on your Excel report page.

1. Birthday Polynomial B(x) =
___________________________________
2. List the Real roots (x-intercepts) ____________________
3. List the y-intercept(s) __________
4. Domain ___________________
5. Range_____________________
6. Relative maximum__________________
7. Relative minimum___________________
8. Find B(2) = _________
9. Is B(x) increasing or decreasing at x = 2? ____________

Part 2:
Pick one root (Note: You may have only one Real root.) Call it R. R = __________
Do not round off R when you find the root and store it in R in the calculator.

Divide
( )
( )
B x
x R 
.
1. Write the Quotient here. Q (x) = ____________________________
Note: There should be no remainder. (Or almost no remainder….remember not to
round off the Root, and it should come out without a remainder.)
2. Graph the quadratic polynomial Q(x).
3. Find its vertex. Call that point (H, K).
Store the values of H and K, again without rounding them off.

H = __________ K = _________

Now find the following. Do round off these answers to 3 decimal places.

4. 2 H + R = ________________________


5. H
2
+ K + 2 R*H = __________________


6. R*(H
2
+ K) = _____________________

What do you notice?











Part 3: Round answers to the nearest thousandth.


1) My polynomial B(x) =
_______________________________________________


2) Find B(4) = _____ Is your function increasing, decreasing, or neither as it
passes through this point? ______________

3) Find B(-2) = _____ Is your function increasing, decreasing, or neither as it
passes through this point? ______________

4) Is B(x) a one-to-one function? _____

Why? ________________________________________

5) Find B(-x) = ___________________________________________________

Is B(x) even, odd, or neither? ____________
Why? ____________________________________________

6) Find B(2x) = ___________________________________________________

Is this transformation a horizontal stretch or a horizontal shrink? __________

7) How many solutions will this equation have? If |B(x)| = 10 __________

8) True or False? B(x) will always have the same exact roots as B(-x)._______

9) True or False? B(x) will always have the same exact roots as –B(x)._______

10) True or False? B(x) will always have the same exact roots as B|(x)|._____

11) True or False? B(x) will always have the same exact roots as |B(x)|._____

12) True or False? If B(x) is an n
th
degree polynomial, then it has n Real roots
(although some of them may be repeats). ________


Part 4:
Create a unique artistic drawing that uses at least 6 of the following 12
Birthday Polynomial transformations listed below as the center piece
of your design.

B(x) + #
B(x) - #
B(#x)
B (x/#)
# B(x)
B(x) / #
B(x + #)
B(x - #)
-B(x)
B(-x)
|B(x)|
B|x|

20 pts Part 1 (Excel & Graphing Calculator Usage)
15 pts Part 2
15 pts Part 3
20 pts Part 4 (Summary about the finished design)
20 pts Creativity, Neatness, Design, & Presentation
10 pts Promptness & Neatness (10 pts = on time or 10 pts off for each day late) Sept 30
th

100 pts Total Possible Points