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Polynomial Functions

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on November 18, 2007 at 5:39:43 pm

Polynomial Functions


Definition:  A polynomial function is a function with many terms.  A polynomial can be classified by the number of terms it has (binomial, trinomial, etc.) or by its degree (linear, quadratic, cubic, quartic, etc.).


A polynomial has the form, Formula where n is the degree of the polynomial.



Polynomial Function Photos:


Mr. Lee's Example Photo:

Description:  So, it turns out that Mr. Lee's cat Loki has whiskers that are mostly described by cubic functions.  Loki must be a very mathematically advanced cat.  I couldn't get Geometer's Sketchpad to draw the function in factored form so I ended up entering some points in my tricked out TI-84SE and then did cubic regression to find the equation of his whisker.


Originators: Bill and Rebecca 



Photo Description:  archway looks like a parabola


Originators: Daniel & Alex




Photo Description: Water stain on Mr. Lee’s classroom ceiling looks like a quartic function.


Originator: Erika


Originator: Hanna L


Photo Description: the dragon i beaded for my art project looks like a polynomial function


Originators: Matthew and Lynne

Description: Continuing with the music theme, my bass looks like part of a quartic function. Very exciting


Originators: Paul G and Kristen H 


Description: This vase, with the picture rotated 180 degrees counter-clockwise, looks just like a cubic function.


Originators: Adam and Alison



Description: Taken on my cellphone, this picture of some jet streams resembles a cubic function.



Originators: Victor and Maryam

Description: Clouds taken outside the school the day before the snowfall. The darker areas looks like a quartic function.


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