Posted by **Jessi** on Friday, October 12, 2007 at 10:50pm.

What do polynomial functions look like? And what can be consider a polynomial function? Would a graph that is like an upside down V be considered as a graph of a polynomial function?

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**Reiny**, Friday, October 12, 2007 at 11:20pm
"poly" is many in Greek and "nomial" means number

so a polynomial is 'several terms'

In highschool mathematics, a polynomial is an expression made up of two or more terms, where each term has an exponent n, so that n is a whole number.

A "graph that is like an upside down V" would be a polynomial, and example would be

f(x) = -x^2 + 3x - 1

The following webpage lets you manipulate the coefficients for different functions to study the effects. Very interesting models.

http://id.mind.net/~zona/mmts/functionInstitute/polynomialFunctions/graphs/polynomialFunctionGraphs.html

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**Anonymous**, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:32pm
write a polynomial function that has given zeros and has a leading coefficient of 1. 2,i,-i

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**sharmellius banks**, Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:27pm
a4b+ a2b3

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