(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

the question states: Find the coefficients of the fourth degree polynomial:

p(x) = ax^4 + bx^3 + cx^2 + dx + e whose graph goes through the points (0,0), (1,1), (-1,3) and whose slope at x=-1 is 20 and x=1 is 9.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

i started by putting it into an augmented matrix, and solving...

my matrix was:

0 0 0 0 1 | 0

1 1 1 1 1 | 1

1 -1 1 -1 1 | 3

when i solved for the coefficients, i got a = 0, b = -1, c = 2, d = 0, and e = 0.

i'm not sure how to incorporate the information given by the slopes.

i know that you can take the derivative to find slope.. and i took the derivative of the polynomial and got:

4ax^3 + 3bx^2 + 2cx + d

but i'm not really sure where to go from there. do i plug in -1 for x and set it equal to 20 and 1 for x and set it equal to 9? if i do that i get the equations:

-4a + 3b - 2c + d = 20 and

4a + 3b + 2c + d = 9

by now i think i'm starting to make things up though!

can anyone offer any hints? thank you!

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