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10 – Polynomials

  • Testing our limits is part of human nature.
    • How far could you throw this ball?
    • What if you were stronger?
    • What if the object were heavier, like a shot put, or much larger, like a pumpkin?
    • What if you could build a machine to launch the pumpkin?
    • Could you shatter the world record?
    • How could you predict where it would land?
  • In cases such as these, a working knowledge of polynomials comes in handy, because graphs of polynomials are often used to model real-world limits.
    • How dramatically could you add to your city’s skyline?
    • What size drop on a roller coaster will lift riders from their seats? At what price could you sell your product to make the largest profit?
  • In this unit, you’ll explore the connections between polynomials, their graphs, and the real-world relationships they can model.

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