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Course: College Algebra
Topic: Polynomial and Rational Functions
Subtopic: Polynomial Functions I - Introduction, Zeros

Overview

Welcome to the study of polynomial functions and their graphs! The theorems and processes included in this topic will enable us to factor, solve, and graph large polynomials. For each new theorem, practice using just that single process, but keep in mind the big picture. Our eventual goal is to pull all the separate theorems together in one big multi-step problem such as completely algebraically without the aid of a calculator factor and graph a polynomial like f(x) = 4x^5 + 12x^4 - 41x^3 - 99x^2 + 10x + 24.

Objectives

By the end of this topic you should know and be prepared to be tested on:

• 3.2.1 Know the definition of polynomial function and recognize functions that are not polynomial
• 3.2.2 Find the degree of a polynomial function and recognize the leading term
• 3.2.3 Find the y-intercept point of a polynomial function algebraically and graphically
• 3.2.4 Find the x-intercept points of a polynomial function algebraically and graphically
• 3.2.5 Use the leading coefficient test to find the end behavior of a polynomial function
• 3.2.6 Understand the effect of the degree (odd vs. even) of each factor of a polynomial function on the graph of the function
• 3.2.7 Use the Turning Point Theorem to find the maximum number of turning points a polynomial's graph could have

Terminology

Define: polynomial function, degree, leading term, leading coefficient, zeros, roots, end behaviour, multiplicity, turning points