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Describing Graphs of Polynomial Functions

Describing Graphs of Polynomial Functions 1.2 - Solution

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We want to find the zeros of the given polynomial function.

Zeros of the Function

To do so, we need to find the values of for which Since the function is already written in factored form, we will use the Zero Product Property.
Solve using the Zero Product Property
We found that the zeros of the function are and

Graph

To draw the graph of the function, we will find some additional points and consider the end behavior. Let's use a table to find additional points.

The points and are on the graph of the function. Finally, let's apply the Distributive Property. This will simplify the equation and determine the leading coefficient and degree of the polynomial function.
Simplify right-hand side
We can see now that the leading coefficient is which is a positive number. Also, the degree is which is an odd number. Therefore, the end behavior is down and up.

The function correpsonds to graph