Understanding Basic Polynomial Graphs


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How can you tell if a graph is from an Odd Degree Polynomial function?

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1. What is the degree of this function: y = 3x^2 - 4x^5 + x - 1.

2. What is the leading coefficient of this function: y = x^3 - 2x^4 + 1

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Basic polynomial graphs are important to be familiar with in algebra, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of their application and characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the components and applications of:

  • Polynomial graphs
  • Negative leading coefficients
  • Functions
  • Odd Degree Polynomial functions

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between graphs that are and aren't from Odd Degree Polynomial functions
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems involving functions
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding leading coefficients and polynomial graphs

Additional Learning

To learn more about polynomial graphs, review the accompanying lesson on Understanding Basic Polynomial Graphs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define continuous tracks
  • Know what the basic shape of polynomial functions is determined by
  • Understand the significance of degree in functions
  • Understand the effects of leading coefficients on polynomial graphs
  • Know what the power function is
  • Understand what turning points in graphs are