# Polynomial Functions w/ zeros.

1. Oct 14, 2006

### AznBoi

Ok I have a probelm with find the polynoimal function which has these zeros:

Zeros: 2, 4+sqrt.(5), 4-sqrt.(5)

Find the polynomial equation with the given zeros.

So far I know:

y=(x-2)(x-(4+sqrt.(5))(x-(4-sqrt.(5))

but is there any way I could make the factor (x-(4+sqrt.(5)) into a better one? For example:

Zeros: -2,-1,0,1,2

I did:
y=x(x^2-1)(x^2-4)

Thanks!

2. Oct 15, 2006

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
Not "the" polynomial function- "a" polynomial function. There are an infinite number of polynomial functions having these zeros.

Yes, much as you did with -2, 2, and -1, 1 below: $(x-(4+\sqrt{5}))(x- (4-\sqrt{5}))= ((x-4)+\sqrt{5})((x-4)-\sqrt{5})= (x-4)^2- 5$
$= x^2- 8x+ 16- 5= x^2- 8x+ 11$
That is the monic polynomial of lowest degree having those roots.