5. Polynomial and Rational Functions

In This Chapter

1.5 Polynomial Functions

2.5 Division of Polynomial Functions

3.5 Zeros and Factors of Polynomial Functions

4.5 Real Zeros of Polynomial Functions

5.5 Approximating Real Zeros

6.5 Rational Functions

     Chapter 5 Review Exercises

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The curve formed by the cables holding up the roadway of a suspension bridge is described by a polynomial function.

A Bit of History The following problem perplexed mathematicians for centuries: For a general polynomial function f(x) = anxn + an-1 xn-1 +…+ a1x + a0 of degree n, find a formula, or a procedure, that expresses the zeros of f in terms of its coefficients. ...

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