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Posted by **lee** on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:47am.

x –5 –4 0 4 5

y 25 16 2 16 25

Can someone explain what the graph might look like whether it opens up or down, or slanted line or squiggle line

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**Steve**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:58amlooks symmetric about x=0, and opens up.

In fact, it looks a**lot**like y = x^2!

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**Steve**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:59amwith a bump at x=0

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**Steve**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:06pmusing Newton's divided differences, you can see that

.005*x^4 + .795*x^2 + 2

matches the data points

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**lee**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 1:00pmI thought the graph looks like it opens up with the bottom on 2

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