Leading Coefficient Test for End Behavior

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Lesson Summary:

In this lesson, we learn how to use the leading coefficient test to determine the end behavior of a polynomial. By making sure the polynomial is in descending order and finding the leading coefficient, we can determine if the end behavior approaches positive or negative infinity. Remembering the end behavior of basic odd and even functions can make this process even easier.

Lesson Description:

Using the Leading coefficient test to determine the end behavior of a polynomial

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Questions answered by this video:
  • How must the polynomial function be written?
  • What do you understand by the expression 'leading coefficient'?
  • If the degree is odd,how would you describe the end behaviours of the function?
  • If the degree is even,describe the end behaviours of that function.