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One of the Many Ways

Published on 08/06/2010

Activity Overview

Students will graph polynomials to determine the value and number of zeros for a given polynomial.

Key Steps

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    Students will graph different degree polynomials equations to determine the value and number of zeros for a given equation. They are to make a conjecture about the number of zeros and the degree of the polynomial.

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    In the second part of the activity, students will use the Rational Root Theorem to find the possible zeros of a polynomial and then enter the possible values in a spreadsheet to determine the actual zeros. Each value entered in the spreadsheet will appear a point on the graph.