 # Section 2.2 – Polynomial Functions of Higher Degree

Section Details.
• Definition of a polynomial function and its properties such as the degree, leading coefficient, and constant term
• Graphing a polynomial function
• Finding the end behavior of a polynomial function
• Finding the zeros ($$x$$-intercepts) of a polynomial function
• Using the multiplicity of a zero to determine whether the graph crosses or just touches the $$x$$-axis at that $$x$$-value

### Practice Problems

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1. For the given polynomial functions, determine the end behavior of the graph.
1. $$f(x)=-4x^8+7x^5-1$$

As $$x\to -\infty$$, $$f(x)\to -\infty$$ and as $$x\to \infty$$, $$f(x)\to -\infty$$.

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2. $$g(x)=11x^7+6x-10$$

As $$x\to -\infty$$, $$g(x)\to -\infty$$ and as $$x\to \infty$$, $$g(x)\to \infty$$.

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3. $$h(x)=14x^2-9x^3+6$$

As $$x\to -\infty$$, $$h(x)\to \infty$$ and as $$x\to \infty$$, $$h(x)\to -\infty$$.

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2. Find the zeros and their multiplicities for the following functions, and then determine the end behavior and maximum number of turning points.
1. $$k(x)=2x^3+5x^2+9x$$

$$x=0$$ odd multiplicity
As $$x\to -\infty$$, $$k(x)\to -\infty$$ and as $$x\to \infty$$, $$k(x)\to \infty$$
Maximum number of turning points is 2.

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2. $$g(x)=-x^3+8x^2-16x$$

$$x=0$$ odd multiplicity,
$$x=4$$ even multiplicity
As $$x\to -\infty$$, $$g(x)\to \infty$$ and as $$x\to \infty$$, $$g(x)\to -\infty$$
Maximum number of turning points is 3.

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3. $$h(x)=4x^4+12x^3+9x^2$$

$$x=0$$ even multiplicity,
$$x=-\dfrac{3}{2}$$ even multiplicity
As $$x\to -\infty$$, $$h(x)\to \infty$$ and as $$x\to \infty$$, $$h(x)\to \infty$$
Maximum number of turning points is 3.

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3. Match the function $$g(x)=-x^3+8x^2-16x$$ to its graph.
1. 2. 3. 4. The correct graph is d)

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