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5 – Polynomial Functions

  • Have you ever watched a jet fly across the sky?
  • Have you ever gone swimming or watched a swim meet?
  • Have you ever tried to count the oranges stacked in a pyramid at the grocery store?
  • If you have, then polynomials are already a part of your life more than you might realize.
  • Aerospace engineers use systems of polynomials to keep planes flying safely.
  • Your friend’s path through the swimming pool can be described by a polynomial function with both real and complex roots.
  • Counting fruit might be easy when the pile is small, but you can create a polynomial function to find the number of oranges in a pyramid of any size.
  • In this unit, you’ll review the basics of polynomial functions, and strengthen your ability to manipulate polynomials with factoring and expansion techniques.

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