# 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.