# 3.4 Graphs of polynomial functions  (Page 5/13)

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Given a polynomial function, sketch the graph.

1. Find the intercepts.
2. Check for symmetry. If the function is an even function, its graph is symmetrical about the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{-}$ axis, that is, $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(-x\right)=f\left(x\right).\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ If a function is an odd function, its graph is symmetrical about the origin, that is, $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(-x\right)=-f\left(x\right).$
3. Use the multiplicities of the zeros to determine the behavior of the polynomial at the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ intercepts.
4. Determine the end behavior by examining the leading term.
5. Use the end behavior and the behavior at the intercepts to sketch a graph.
6. Ensure that the number of turning points does not exceed one less than the degree of the polynomial.
7. Optionally, use technology to check the graph.

## Sketching the graph of a polynomial function

Sketch a graph of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)=-2{\left(x+3\right)}^{2}\left(x-5\right).$

This graph has two $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ intercepts. At $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=-3,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ the factor is squared, indicating a multiplicity of 2. The graph will bounce at this $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ intercept. At $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=5,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ the function has a multiplicity of one, indicating the graph will cross through the axis at this intercept.

The y -intercept is found by evaluating $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(0\right).$

The $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{-}$ intercept is $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(0,90\right).$

Additionally, we can see the leading term, if this polynomial were multiplied out, would be $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}-2{x}^{3},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ so the end behavior is that of a vertically reflected cubic, with the outputs decreasing as the inputs approach infinity, and the outputs increasing as the inputs approach negative infinity. See [link] .

To sketch this, we consider that:

• As $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\to -\infty \text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ the function $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)\to \infty ,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ so we know the graph starts in the second quadrant and is decreasing toward the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ axis.
• Since $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(-x\right)=-2{\left(-x+3\right)}^{2}\left(-x–5\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ is not equal to $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right),\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ the graph does not display symmetry.
• At $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(-3,0\right),\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ the graph bounces off of the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ axis, so the function must start increasing.

At $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(0,90\right),\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ the graph crosses the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{-}$ axis at the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{-}$ intercept. See [link] .

Somewhere after this point, the graph must turn back down or start decreasing toward the horizontal axis because the graph passes through the next intercept at $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(5,0\right).\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ See [link] .

As $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\to \infty \text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ the function $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)\to \mathrm{-\infty },\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ so we know the graph continues to decrease, and we can stop drawing the graph in the fourth quadrant.

Using technology, we can create the graph for the polynomial function, shown in [link] , and verify that the resulting graph looks like our sketch in [link] .

Sketch a graph of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{4}x{\left(x-1\right)}^{4}{\left(x+3\right)}^{3}.$

## Using the intermediate value theorem

In some situations, we may know two points on a graph but not the zeros. If those two points are on opposite sides of the x -axis, we can confirm that there is a zero between them. Consider a polynomial function $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ whose graph is smooth and continuous. The Intermediate Value Theorem states that for two numbers $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ in the domain of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f,$ if $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a and $f\left(a\right)\ne f\left(b\right),$ then the function $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ takes on every value between $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(a\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(b\right).\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ We can apply this theorem to a special case that is useful in graphing polynomial functions. If a point on the graph of a continuous function $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ at $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ lies above the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ axis and another point at $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=b\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ lies below the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ axis, there must exist a third point between $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=b\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ where the graph crosses the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{-}$ axis. Call this point This means that we are assured there is a solution $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}c\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ where $f\left(c\right)=0.$

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How can you tell what type of parent function a graph is ?
generally by how the graph looks and understanding what the base parent functions look like and perform on a graph
William
if you have a graphed line, you can have an idea by how the directions of the line turns, i.e. negative, positive, zero
William
y=x will obviously be a straight line with a zero slope
William
y=x^2 will have a parabolic line opening to positive infinity on both sides of the y axis vice versa with y=-x^2 you'll have both ends of the parabolic line pointing downward heading to negative infinity on both sides of the y axis
William
y=x will be a straight line, but it will have a slope of one. Remember, if y=1 then x=1, so for every unit you rise you move over positively one unit. To get a straight line with a slope of 0, set y=1 or any integer.
Aaron
yes, correction on my end, I meant slope of 1 instead of slope of 0
William
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Joe
Typically a function 'f' will take 'x' as input, and produce 'y' as output. As 'f(x)=y'. According to Google, "The range of a function is the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable (y, usually), after we have substituted the domain."
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I've been struggling so much through all of this. my final is in four weeks 😭
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this book is an excellent resource! have you guys ever looked at the online tutoring? there's one that is called "That Tutor Guy" and he goes over a lot of the concepts
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thank you I have heard of him. I should check him out.
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is there any question in particular?
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I have always struggled with math. I get lost really easy, if you have any advice for that, it would help tremendously.
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Sure, are you in high school or college?
Darius
Hi, apologies for the delayed response. I'm in college.
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The center is at (3,4) a focus is at (3,-1) and the lenght of the major axis is 26 what will be the answer?
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how do you find the real and complex roots of a polynomial?
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This is the actual question: Find all roots(real and complex) of the polynomial f(x)=6x^3 + x^2 - 4x + 1
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Period =2π if there is a coefficient (b), just divide the coefficient by 2π to get the new period
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if not then how would I find it from a graph
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by looking at the graph, find the distance between two consecutive maximum points (the highest points of the wave). so if the top of one wave is at point A (1,2) and the next top of the wave is at point B (6,2), then the period is 5, the difference of the x-coordinates.
Am
you could also do it with two consecutive minimum points or x-intercepts
Am
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