# Polynomial and Rational Functions

A function of the form

f(x)=a_nx^n +a_(n-1)x^(n-1) + ...+a_1 x+a_0

is called a polynomial function. Here n is a non-negative integer and a_n , a_(n-1) ,... a_2, a_1, a_0 are constant coefficients.

In this section, we briefly discuss the graphs of the polynomial functions.

## 1. Polynomial of Degree 0

The graph of the polynomial function f(x) = 0 is the x-axis.Also the graph of a polynomial function f(x) = c is a horizontal line as shown below. Polynomial of Degree 0

## 2. Polynomial of Degree 1

The graph of a polynomial function of the form f(x) = mx + c is a straight line. The slope of this line is m, whereas c is the y-intercept of the line as shown in the figure below. Polynomial of Degree 1

## 3. Polynomial of Degree 2

The graph of a quadratic polynomial function is a parabola. This type of function has a form  f(x) = a_2x^2 + a_1x + a_0  . A graph of such a function is shown in the figure below. Polynomial of Degree 2

## 4. Polynomial of Degree 3

Similarly the graphs of a few higher degree polynomial functions have been shown below. Polynomial of Degree 3

## 5. Polynomial of Degree 4 Polynomial of Degree 4

## 6. Polynomial of Degree 5 Polynomial of Degree 5

## 7. Polynomial of Degree 6 Polynomial of Degree 6

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