How to Evaluate a Polynomial in Function Notation


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Given f(x) = x^2 + 3x -2; find f(3).

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1. What does 'Polynomial' mean?

2. Given f(x) = 6x; find f(5ab)

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluating polynomials in function notation can be explained more simply as the process of substituting a value in for a variable within a function. This worksheet and quiz will help you test your understanding of polynomials. These practice assets will ask you to perform a few calculations involving the evaluation of polynomials and to define aspects of polynomials.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Work through these questions to test:

  • Your ability to perform these evaluations
  • The definition of a polynomial
  • How to discuss functional notation in English terms

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about evaluating polynomials in functional notation from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about polynomials in a different light
  • Problem solving - use your acquired knowledge to solve practice problems involving the evaluation of polynomials within functions

Additional Learning

For more information, please review the lesson titled How to Evaluate a Polynomial in Function Notation. Using this lesson will help you with these objectives:

  • Define the individual parts of this topic, including evaluate, poly, and nomial, as mathematical concepts
  • Demonstrate your ability to perform these calculations
  • Understand how to write out the substitutions necessary in order to solve polynomial functions