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# Section 4.

1
Polynomial Functions and
Models

Vocab Words
Due Sept 20.
Polynomial function
Degree
Power function of degree n
Real zero
Multiple zero of
Turning points
End behavior
Dividend
Divisor
Quotient
Remainder
Remainder theorem
Factor theorem
Number of real zeros
Rational zeros theorem

Complex zero
Fundamental theorem of Algebra
Complex polynomial function
Conjugate pair
Conjugate pairs theorem
Rational function
Horizontal asymptote
Vertical asymptote
Depressed equation
Bounds on zeros
Intermediate value theorem
Complex variable

(a) f x 3x 4 x 3 x8
(a) f is a polynomial of degree 8.

x2 3
(b) g x
x 1
(b) g is not a polynomial function.
It is the ratio of two distinct polynomials.

(c) h x 5

(d) F x ( x 3)( x 2)

## (d) F is a polynomial function of degree 2.

It can be written h x 5 x 0 5.

It can be written F ( x) x 2 x 6.

(e) G x 3 x 4 x 1

1 3 2 2 1
(f) H x x x x
2
3
4

## (e) G is not a polynomial function.

The second term does not have a
nonnegative integer exponent.

## Summary of the Properties of the Graphs

of Polynomial Functions

Use transformations of the graph of y=x4 or y=x5 to graph each function. For each
function, state whether the function is even, odd or neither; determine the domain
and the range of the function; determine intervals over which the function is
increasing or decreasing; and state any local maxima or local minima.

Homework

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## Find a polynomial of degree 3 whose zeros are -4, -2, and 3.

Use a graphing utility to verify your result.

f x a x 4 x 2 x 3 a x 3 3 x 2 10 x 24
f x x 4 x 2 x 3

f x 2 x 4 x 2 x 3

f x x 4 x 2 x 3

f x 2 x 2 x 1

x 3

## 2 is a zero of multiplicity 2 because the exponent on the factor x 2 is 1.

1 is a zero of multiplicity 3 because the exponent on the factor x + 1 is 3.
3 is a zero of multiplicity 4 because the exponent on the factor x 3 is 4.

f x x x 3

(a) x-intercepts: 0 x x 3

x 0 or x 3 0
2

x 0 or x 3
y -intercept: f 0 0 0 3 0
2

y0

f x x x 3

0, 0 , 3, 0

, 0

0,3

3,

f 1 16

f 1 4

f 4 4

Below x-axis

Above x-axis

Above x-axis

1, 16

1, 4

4, 4

f x x x 3

, 0

0,3

3,

f 1 16

f 1 4

f 4 4

Below x-axis

Above x-axis

Above x-axis

1, 16

1, 4

4, 4

y = 4(x - 2)

y = 4(x - 2)

f 0 6 so the y intercept is 6.
The degree is 4 so the graph can turn at most 3 times.
For large values of x, end behavior is like x 4 (both ends approach )

Homework
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Warm Up

1
has multiplicity 1
2
so the graph crosses there.
The zero

## The zero 3 has multiplicity 2

so the graph touches there.

## The polynomial is degree 3 so the

graph can turn at most 2 times.

## The domain and the range of f are

the set of all real numbers.

Decreasing:
Increasing:

2.28, 0.63
, 2.28 and 0.63,

## A cubic relation may exist

between the two variables.

Homework