In Polynomial Functions, Dr. Eaton begins with a polynomial in one variable with terms such as leading coefficient and degree. Next she moves into polynomial functions and function values. Dr. Eaton then teaches zeros of polynomial functions which differ based on an odd degree or even degree of the polynomial function. Lastly is the end behavior which also differ based on degrees and also if the leading coefficient is positive or negative. Four examples finish off this lesson.
A polynomial function can be evaluated for an algebraic expression.
Graphs of polynomial functions of degree n suggest that the maximum number of real zeros of such a function is n.
The end behavior of a polynomial function depends on the sign of the leading coefficient and whether its degree is even or odd.
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.