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Consider the function  f(x)= x^3+2x^2-3..

Graph the function.

 

What are the x- and y-intercepts of the graph?

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 Nov 14, 2018
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Let's do some Algebra, first

 

Letting x  = 0......the y intercept  is  at     - 3

 

We  have

 

1x^3  + 2x^2  - 3

Note that, if we add the ntegers in red and get 0, then 1 is a root  (an x intercept)

 

So  ( x - 1)  is a factor

 

To find if we have any other real roots....perform some polynomial division

 

            x^2  + 3x  + 3

x - 1  [  x^3  + 2x^2  +  0x   -   3  ]

            x^3  -  1x^2

          ______________________

                      3x^2  + 0x

                      3x^2   -  3x

                      ________________

                                 3x  - 3

                                 3x  - 3

                                 ______

 

 

The remaining polynomial  is    x^2  + 3x   + 3

The discriminant  is     3^2 - 4 (1) (3)  =  -3

Since this is < 0......we have no more real roots

 

So.....

 

The y intercept  is - 3

And the x intercept is  1

 

Here's the graph : https://www.desmos.com/calculator/kfgpcs3g09

 

cool cool cool

 

 

                   

 

 

 Nov 14, 2018

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