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Identifying the degree and leading coefficient of a polynomial function

Identify the degree, leading term, and leading coefficient of the following polynomial functions.

f ( x ) = 3 + 2 x 2 4 x 3 g ( t ) = 5 t 2 2 t 3 + 7 t h ( p ) = 6 p p 3 2

For the function f ( x ) , the highest power of x is 3, so the degree is 3. The leading term is the term containing that degree, −4 x 3 . The leading coefficient is the coefficient of that term, −4.

For the function g ( t ) , the highest power of t is 5 , so the degree is 5. The leading term is the term containing that degree, 5 t 5 . The leading coefficient is the coefficient of that term, 5.

For the function h ( p ) , the highest power of p is 3 , so the degree is 3. The leading term is the term containing that degree, p 3 . The leading coefficient is the coefficient of that term, −1.

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Identify the degree, leading term, and leading coefficient of the polynomial f ( x ) = 4 x 2 x 6 + 2 x 6.

The degree is 6. The leading term is x 6 . The leading coefficient is 1.

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Identifying end behavior of polynomial functions

Knowing the degree of a polynomial function is useful in helping us predict its end behavior. To determine its end behavior, look at the leading term of the polynomial function. Because the power of the leading term is the highest, that term will grow significantly faster than the other terms as x gets very large or very small, so its behavior will dominate the graph. For any polynomial, the end behavior of the polynomial will match the end behavior of the power function consisting of the leading term. See [link] .

Polynomial Function Leading Term Graph of Polynomial Function
f ( x ) = 5 x 4 + 2 x 3 x 4 5 x 4 Graph of f(x)=5x^4+2x^3-x-4.
f ( x ) = 2 x 6 x 5 + 3 x 4 + x 3 2 x 6 Graph of f(x)=-2x^6-x^5+3x^4+x^3.
f ( x ) = 3 x 5 4 x 4 + 2 x 2 + 1 3 x 5 Graph of f(x)=3x^5-4x^4+2x^2+1.
f ( x ) = 6 x 3 + 7 x 2 + 3 x + 1 6 x 3 Graph of f(x)=-6x^3+7x^2+3x+1.

Identifying end behavior and degree of a polynomial function

Describe the end behavior and determine a possible degree of the polynomial function in [link] .

Graph of an odd-degree polynomial.

As the input values x get very large, the output values f ( x ) increase without bound. As the input values x get very small, the output values f ( x ) decrease without bound. We can describe the end behavior symbolically by writing

as   x ,   f ( x )   as   x ,   f ( x )

In words, we could say that as x values approach infinity, the function values approach infinity, and as x values approach negative infinity, the function values approach negative infinity.

We can tell this graph has the shape of an odd degree power function that has not been reflected, so the degree of the polynomial creating this graph must be odd and the leading coefficient must be positive.

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Describe the end behavior, and determine a possible degree of the polynomial function in [link] .

Graph of an even-degree polynomial.

As x ,   f ( x ) ;   a s   x ,   f ( x ) . It has the shape of an even degree power function with a negative coefficient.

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Identifying end behavior and degree of a polynomial function

Given the function f ( x ) = 3 x 2 ( x 1 ) ( x + 4 ) , express the function as a polynomial in general form, and determine the leading term, degree, and end behavior of the function.

Obtain the general form by expanding the given expression for f ( x ) .

f ( x ) = −3 x 2 ( x 1 ) ( x + 4 ) = −3 x 2 ( x 2 + 3 x 4 ) = −3 x 4 9 x 3 + 12 x 2

The general form is f ( x ) = −3 x 4 9 x 3 + 12 x 2 . The leading term is −3 x 4 ; therefore, the degree of the polynomial is 4. The degree is even (4) and the leading coefficient is negative (–3), so the end behavior is

as   x ,   f ( x )   as   x ,   f ( x )
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Questions & Answers

Cos45/sec30+cosec30=
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Cos 45 = 1/ √ 2 sec 30 = 2/√3 cosec 30 = 2. =1/√2 / 2/√3+2 =1/√2/2+2√3/√3 =1/√2*√3/2+2√3 =√3/√2(2+2√3) =√3/2√2+2√6 --------- (1) =√3 (2√6-2√2)/((2√6)+2√2))(2√6-2√2) =2√3(√6-√2)/(2√6)²-(2√2)² =2√3(√6-√2)/24-8 =2√3(√6-√2)/16 =√18-√16/8 =3√2-√6/8 ----------(2)
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Almighty formula or by factorization...or by graphical analysis
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tanh2x =2tanhx/1+tanh^2x
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cos(a+b)+cos(a-b)/sin(a+b)-sin(a-b)=cotb ... pls some one should help me with this..thanks in anticipation
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f(x)=x/x+2 given g(x)=1+2x/1-x show that gf(x)=1+2x/3
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cos(a+b)+cos(a-b)/sin(a+b)-sin(a-b)= cotb
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how to solve x²=2x+8 factorization?
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x=2x+8 x-2x=2x+8-2x x-2x=8 -x=8 -x/-1=8/-1 x=-8 prove: if x=-8 -8=2(-8)+8 -8=-16+8 -8=-8 (PROVEN)
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x=2x+8
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×=2x-8 minus both sides by 2x
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so, x-2x=2x+8-2x
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then cancel out 2x and -2x, cuz 2x-2x is obviously zero
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so it would be like this: x-2x=8
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then we all know that beside the variable is a number (1): (1)x-2x=8
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so we will going to minus that 1-2=-1
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so it would be -x=8
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so next step is to cancel out negative number beside x so we get positive x
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so by doing it you need to divide both side by -1 so it would be like this: (-1x/-1)=(8/-1)
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so -1/-1=1
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so x=-8
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SO THE ANSWER IS X=-8
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so we should prove it
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x=2x+8 x-2x=8 -x=8 x=-8 by mantu from India
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lol i just saw its x²
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x²=2x-8 x²-2x=8 -x²=8 x²=-8 square root(x²)=square root(-8) x=sq. root(-8)
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I mean x²=2x+8 by factorization method
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I think x=-2 or x=4
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x= 2x+8 ×=8-2x - 2x + x = 8 - x = 8 both sides divided - 1 -×/-1 = 8/-1 × = - 8 //// from somalia
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