Two recent questions from the same student involve exponential functions: We can express different kinds of growth all using one base, called e; or we can use different bases (and ignore horizontal scaling transformations). And we can use different transformation to obtain the same graph. This relates to some important properties of exponential functions.
Month: June 2023
Last time we examined why polynomials are defined as they are. This time, let’s look at some tricky aspects of the concept of “degree”, mostly involving something being zero.
A question last week (Hi, Zahraa!) led me to dig up some old discussions of how we define a polynomial (or monomial, or term) and, specifically, why the exponents have to be non-negative integers. Why can we only multiply, and not divide by, variables? Since we’ve been looking at polynomials, let’s continue.
Last week’s discussion about zeros of a polynomial, and other conversations, have reminded me of a past discussion of the shape of the graph of a polynomial near its zeros. Let’s take a look, starting with some other questions that nicely lead up to it.
A recent question from a student demonstrates that not everything on the Internet should be taken at face value – and that it’s easy to think you are right when you are not.