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Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs. Objectives. Identify polynomial functions Recognize characteristics of graphs of polynomial functions Determine end behavior Use factoring to find zeros of polynomial functions Identify zeros and their multiplicities Use the Intermediate Value Theorem - PowerPoint PPT PresentationTRANSCRIPT

Polynomial Functions and Their Graphs

ObjectivesIdentify polynomial functionsRecognize characteristics of graphs of polynomial functionsDetermine end behaviorUse factoring to find zeros of polynomial functionsIdentify zeros and their multiplicitiesUse the Intermediate Value TheoremUnderstand the relationship between degree and turning pointsGraph polynomial functions

A polynomial function has all of its variables with exponents which are positive integers. It is not a polynomial function if a variable has a negative exponent or if the exponent is a fraction.

Polynomial Functions

Which of the following are polynomial functions?

nonoyesyes

The Degree of a Function

What is the degree of the following functions?

The Leading CoefficientThe polynomial function has a leading coefficient. Once the function is written in descending order of degree, the leading coefficient is the coefficient of the term with the highest degree.

Polynomial FunctionFind the leading coefficient and degree of each polynomial function. Polynomial FunctionLeading Coefficient Degree

Basic Features of Graphs of Polynomial Functions.A graph of a polynomial function is continuous. This means that the graph of a polynomial function has no breaks, holes or gaps.

Basic Features of Graphs of Polynomial Functions.A graph of a polynomial function has only smooth, rounded turns. A polynomial function cannot have a sharp turn.

Not a polynomial function

Graphs of Polynomial Functions

NOT GRAPHS OF A POLYNOMIAL FUNCTION

END BEHAVIOR OF POLYNOMIAL FUNCTIONSThe behavior of the graph of a function to the far left and far right is called its end behavior.

Although the graph of a polynomial function may have intervals where it increases or decreases, the graph will eventually rise or fall without bound as it moves far to the left or far to the right.

How can we determine the end behavior of a polynomial function? We look only at the term with the highest degree.

The Leading Coefficient TestLook for the term with the highest degree.

Is the coefficient greater than or less than 0?Is the exponent even or odd?

The answers to these questions will help us to determine the end behavior of the polynomial function.

If the leading coefficient is positive with an even degree to its variable, the graph rises to the left and rises to the right (, ).

Example: f(x) = x

If the leading coefficient is negative with an even degree to its variable, the graph falls to the left and falls to the right (, ).

Example: f(x) = x

If the leading coefficient is positive with an odd degree to its variable, the graph falls to the left and rises to the right (, ).

Example: f(x) = x

If the leading coefficient is negative with an odd degree to its variable, the graph rises to the left and falls to the right (, ).

Example: f(x) = x

Using the Leading Coefficient TestIf the leading coefficient is positive with an even degree to its variable, the graph rises to the left and rises to the right (, ).

Using the Leading Coefficient TestDetermine the end behavior of the graph of

f(x) = x + 3x x 3

If the leading coefficient is positive with an odd degree to its variable, the graph falls to the left and rises to the right (, ).

Using the Leading Coefficient TestDetermine the end behavior of the graph of

f(x) = 2x + 3x x 3

If the leading coefficient is negative with an odd degree to its variable, the graph rises to the left and falls to the right (, ).

Using the Leading Coefficient TestIf the leading coefficient is negative with an even degree to its variable, the graph falls to the left and falls to the right (, ).

Using the Leading Coefficient TestDetermine the end behavior of the graph of

f(x) = 3x(x 1)(x + 5)

Because these terms and expressions are each multiplied by each other, we add their degrees.

3 + 1 + 1 = 5

If the leading coefficient is positive with an odd degree to its variable, the graph falls to the left and rises to the right (, ).

Using the Leading Coefficient TestDetermine the end behavior of the graph of

f(x) = 4x(x 1)(x + 5)

Add the degreesIf the leading coefficient is negative with an even degree to its variable, the graph falls to the left and falls to the right (, ).

Zeros of Polynomial FunctionsIt can be shown that for a polynomial function of degree n, the following statements are true:

1. The function has, at most, n real zeros.

2. The graph has, at most, n 1 turning points.Turning points (relative maximum or relative minimum) are points at which the graph changes from increasing to decreasing or vice versa.

Zeros of Polynomial FunctionsThe zeros of a polynomial function are the values of x which make f(x) = 0. These values are the roots, or solutions of the polynomial equation when y = 0. All real roots are the x-intercepts of the graph.

How many turning points does f(x) = x + 3x x 3 have?

Find all the zeros of f(x) = x + 3x x 3

Set up the equation: x + 3x x 3 = 0 and solve.

No, so try groupingFind the greatest common factor of each set of parenthesesPlace the greatest common factors in one set of parentheses. These two terms will be distributed over the other two terms.Is there a greatest common factor?Solve for zero

Example: Real ZerosFind all the real zeros of f (x) = x 4 x3 2x2. How many turning points are there?Factor completely: f (x) = x 4 x3 2x2 = x2(x + 1)(x 2). The real zeros are x = 1, x = 0, and x = 2. These correspond to the x-intercepts. Check out the x-intercepts and the multiplicities. What happens?

Multiplicities of ZerosThe multiplicity of a zero is the number of times the real root of a polynomial function results in f(x) = 0.

Example: solve for the zeros of f(x) = x (x 2)

x (x 2) = 0

x = 0therefore, x = 0 to the multiplicity of 2

(x 2) = 0therefore x = 2 to the multiplicity of 2The exponent tells us the multiplicity.

Multiplicity and x-interceptsSuppose r is a zero of even multiplicity. Then the graph touches the x-axis at r and turns around at r. Suppose r is a zero of odd multiplicity. Then the graph crosses the x-axis at r. Regardless of whether a multiplicity is even or odd, the graph tends to flatten out near zeros with a multiplicity greater than one.

Find the zeros of

f(x) = 4(x + 2)

Give the multiplicity of each zero. State whether the graph crosses the x-axis or touches the x-axis and turns around at each zero.

The Intermediate Value TheoremSubstitute 3 for every x in the function and simplify.Because our results have opposite signs, the function has a real zero between 2 and 3.

A strategy for graphing polynomial functionsUse the Leading Coefficient Test to determine the graphs end behavior.Find x-intercepts.Check for multiplicities. If the multiplicity is even, the graph touches the x-axis at r and turns around. If the multiplicity is odd, the graph touches the x-axis at r. The graph will flatten out near the x-intercept when the multiplicity is greater than one. Use the fact that the maximum number of turning points of the graph is n 1, where n is the degree of the polynomial function, to check whether it is drawn correctly.Locate additional points.

Graphing a Polynomial FunctionLets graph the function f(x) = x + 3x x 3 What is its end behavior?If the leading coefficient is positive with an odd degree to its variable, the graph falls to the left and rises to the right (, ).Find all the x-intercepts of f(x) = x + 3x x 3 f(x) = (0) + (0) (0) 3

Plot the x-intercepts, the y-intercept, and additional points between and beyond the x-intercepts.How many turning points does f(x) = x + 3x x 3 have?All of these zeros are to the multiplicity of one. What does the graph do at these intercepts?The graph passes through these intercepts.Sketch the graph.

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