Q: If the degree of a polynomial function is even will it have x intercepts?

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If the domain is infinite, any polynomial of odd degree has infinite range whereas a polynomial of even degree has a semi-infinite range. Semi-infinite means that either the range has a real minimum but no maximum (ie maximum = +infinity) or that it has a real maximum but no minimum (ie minimum = -infinity).

The degree of a polynomial refers to the largest exponent in the function for that polynomial. A degree 3 polynomial will have 3 as the largest exponent, but may also have smaller exponents. Both x^3 and x^3-x²+x-1 are degree three polynomials since the largest exponent is 4. The polynomial x^4+x^3 would not be degree three however because even though there is an exponent of 3, there is a higher exponent also present (in this case, 4).

Leading coefficient: Negative. Order: Any even integer.

The quadratic equation is used to find the intercepts of a function (F(x)=x^(2*n), n being an even number) along its primary axis (typically the x axis). Many equations follow this form. The information given by the quadratic equation depends on what your function is pertaining to. If say you have a velocity vs time graph, when the function crosses the xaxis your particle has changed from a positive velocity to a negative velocity. This information can be useful to determine the accompanying behavior of your position. The quadratic equation is simply a tool to find intercepts of a function.

A polynomial is a sum of monomials - and each monomial may only contain non-negative integer powers of the variables involved. If any other operation is involved (for example, a negative or fractional exponent; equivalent to a variable in the denominator, or a root), you have a non-polynomial.

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If the domain is infinite, any polynomial of odd degree has infinite range whereas a polynomial of even degree has a semi-infinite range. Semi-infinite means that either the range has a real minimum but no maximum (ie maximum = +infinity) or that it has a real maximum but no minimum (ie minimum = -infinity).

The degree of a polynomial refers to the largest exponent in the function for that polynomial. A degree 3 polynomial will have 3 as the largest exponent, but may also have smaller exponents. Both x^3 and x^3-x²+x-1 are degree three polynomials since the largest exponent is 4. The polynomial x^4+x^3 would not be degree three however because even though there is an exponent of 3, there is a higher exponent also present (in this case, 4).

Sort of... but not entirely. Assuming the polynomial's coefficients are real, the polynomial either has as many real roots as its degree, or an even number less. Thus, a polynomial of degree 4 can have 4, 2, or 0 real roots; while a polynomial of degree 5 has either 5, 3, or 1 real roots. So, polynomial of odd degree (with real coefficients) will always have at least one real root. For a polynomial of even degree, this is not guaranteed. (In case you are interested about the reason for the rule stated above: this is related to the fact that any complex roots in such a polynomial occur in conjugate pairs; for example: if 5 + 2i is a root, then 5 - 2i is also a root.)

In answering this question it is important that the roots are counted along with their multiplicity. Thus a double root is counted as two roots, and so on. The degree of a polynomial is exactly the same as the number of roots that it has in the complex field. If the polynomial has real coefficients, then a polynomial with an odd degree has an odd number of roots up to the degree, while a polynomial of even degree has an even number of roots up to the degree. The difference between the degree and the number of roots is the number of complex roots which come as complex conjugate pairs.

For a polynomial of the form y = p(x) (i.e., some polynomial function of x), having a y-intercept simply means that the polynomial is defined for x = 0 - and a polynomial is defined for any value of "x". As for the x-intercept: from left to right, a polynomial of even degree may come down, not quite reach zero, and then go back up again. A simple example is y = x2 + 1. Why is the situation for "x" and for "y" different? Well, the original equation is a polynomial in "x"; but if you solve for "x", you don't get a polynomial in "y".

Leading coefficient: Negative. Order: Any even integer.

No. Even if the answer is zero, zero is still a polynomial.

An even function is symmetric about the y-axis. The graph to the left of the y-axis can be reflected onto the graph to the right. An odd function is anti-symmetric about the origin. The graph to the left of the y-axis must be reflected in the y-axis as well as in the x-axis (either one can be done first).

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it depends on the power of the leading coefficient, and that is not always a great indication because polynomials can have non real numbers. A factor of a polynomial is where the function crosses the x axis. If the trinomial will not factor into real numbers, then there are not any real zeros but there are still factors. Think of this one x^2+6x+14. this will not factor into real numbers, but complex solutions. But these complex solutions are factors, so the rule still holds. If the trinomial is a cubic, or at a odd power, then its a odd function, and can have one real solution. If the trinomial is squared, or any even power, its a even function and can have two real solutions. With the graph you can determine it this way: if p(x) is a polynomial function of degree n, then the graph has at most n-1 turning points. If the graph of a function P has n-1 turning points, then the degree of p(x) is at least n.

If the degree of the polynomial is odd, the range is all real numbers - for example, y = x5. If the degree is even, use derivatives to find maxima or minima. You learn about derivatives, maxima and minima in any basic calculus course. Example: y = x4 - 3x3 Take the derivative: y' = 4x3 - 9x2 Solve for zero: 4x3 - 9x2 = 0 This will give you two maxima or minima; in this case, check at which of these points the function has the smallest value. Because of the positive coefficient of the leading term, the function values go from this point all the way to plus infinity.

Not quite. The point at infinity cannot be regarded as a maximum since the value will continue to increase asymptotically. As a result no polynomial of odd degree can have a maximum. Only polynomials of an even degree whose leading coefficient is negative will have a global maximum.