5th Degree Polynomial

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5th Degree Polynomial
Variable Instructions Datatype
`(a) "Coefficient of " x^5` Enter a real number for the multiplier of the 5th power term Decimal
`(b) "Coefficient of " x^4` Enter a real number for the multiplier of the 4th power term Decimal
`(c) "Coefficient of " x^3` Enter a real number for the multiplier of the 3rd power term Decimal
`(d) "Coefficient of " x^2` Enter a real number for the multiplier of the squared term Decimal
`(e) "Coefficient of " x` Enter a real number for the multiplier of the x term Decimal
`(f) "Constant Term"` Enter real number for the additive constant Decimal
`(x) "Value of Independent variable"` Enter a real number to be substituted for x Decimal
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Equation
Category
Mathematics->Algebra
Contents
7 variables
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The 5th Degree Polynomial equation computes a fifth degree polynomial where a, b, c, d, e ,and  f are each multiplicative constants and x is the independent variable.  

INPUTS

This equation has the following inputs:

  • a - the multiplicative constant for the `x^5` term
  • b - the multiplicative constant for the `x^4` term
  • c - the multiplicative constant for the `x^3` term
  • d - the multiplicative constant for the `x^2` term
  • e - the multiplicative constant for the `x` term
  • d - the constant term
  • x - the value to be substituted for x in the `x^4` term, `x^3` term,  the `x^2` term, and the x term

DERIVATION

A fifth degree polynomial is an equation of the form:

       `y = ax^5 + bx^4 + cx^3 +dx^2 + ex + f`    (showing the multiplications explicitly: `y = a*x^5 + b*x^4 + c*x^3 +d*x^2 + e*x + f` )

In this simple algebraic form there are six additive terms shown on the right of the equation:

  1.    `a*x^5`
  2.    `b*x^4`
  3.    `c*x^3`
  4.    `d*x^2`
  5.    `e*x`
  6.   `f`

The equation is called "fifth degree" because it has an `x^5` term.  If it also had an `x^6` term in it, it would be called a sixth degree polynomial.

Note that the six terms could be thought of as each term having a multiplying constant: a, b, c, d, e, and f

  • where a is a constant multiplying the `x^5` term
  • where b is a constant multiplying the `x^4` term
  • where c is a constant multiplying the `x^3` term
  • where d is a constant multiplying the `x^2` term
  • where e is a constant multiplying the `x^1` term (x to the first power is just x)
  • where f is a constant multiplying the `x^0` term (x to the zero power is just 1)

So, the form of the fifth degree polynomial could be re-written more explicitly to be:

       `y = a*x^5 + b*x^4 + c*x^3 + d*x^2 + e*x^1 + f*x^0`

EXAMPLES

We can make up examples values of a, b, c, d, e, and f to form an infinite number of variations on a fifth degree polynomial.  The multiplicative constants, a, b, c, d, e, and f, can have integer or decimal values:

       ex. `y = 17x^5 + 5x^4 + 3x^3 + 6x^2 + 7x + 23`  ; if `x = 5`, this evaluates to  `y = 56833`

       ex. `y = 1.8x^5 + 1.1x^4 + 3.7x^3 + 2.1x^2 + 0.4x + 22.2`  ;  if `x = 4.5`, this evaluates to `y = 4176.262500`

The multiplicative constants for  b, c, and can also be zero.  Technically, the constant can't be zero if the equation is to be called a "fifth degree polynomial" but this brings up an interesting point: a lower degree polynomial is only a higher degree polynomial with all the higher order terms having multiplicative constants equal to zero. `a*x^5 + b*x^4 + c*x^3 + d*x^2 + e*x + f = 0*x^7 + 0*x^6 + a*x^5 + b*x^4 + c*x^3 + d*x^2 + e*x + f `

Here are two examples of the b, c, d, e, or f constants being zero.

  •        ex. `y = 5x^5 + 5x^4 + 8x^3 + 0x^2 + 0x + 23 = 5x^5 + 5x^4 + 8x^3 + 23`
  •        ex. `y = 23x^5 + 11x^4 + 2x^3 + 0x^2 + 6.5x + 0 = 23x^5 + 11x^4 + 2x^3 + 6.5x`

Here is an example of one of the constants, the c constant, being a negative multiplier:

  •    ex. `y = 2.5x^5 + 1.5x^4 - 2.5x^3 + 3.7x^2 + 1.4x + 22.2`
  •    ex. `y = 2x^5 + 2x^4 - 7x^3 + 7x^2 + 4x + 2`

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