Characteristics of a Polynomial Function

The degree of a function indicates the shape, turning point, and zeros (X-intercepts).


Turning Point: A point on the graph where the curve changes from increasing to decreasing.



Maximum/Minimum: If a max or min point is not the highest or lowest point of the graph (like in a parabola) then there may be Local Maximum or Local Minimum. If there is a highest or lowest point on the graph then that is the Absolute maximum or minimum.





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