# Question about Polynomial Functions From Data

1. Sep 13, 2006

### Rowah

My teacher gave me a chart to fill in that has X-Values that look like this:

x

1

2

3

4

.
.
.

m - 2

m - 1

m

m + 1

m + 2

My question: What the heck is that m - 2 / m + 2 stuff?

Above the chart he gave me, it says:

"Examine the following functions for the set of x-values

{1,2,3,4,..., m - 2, m - 1, m, m + 1, m + 2,...}

I have absolutely no idea what "m" is.. Can someone please lend me a hand?

Last edited: Sep 13, 2006
2. Sep 13, 2006

### stunner5000pt

im going to assume that m is just some variable??

what are the functions?? That would give more insight

i think the m is just to show what the function would look like if m-2 was plugged into it

3. Sep 14, 2006

### Rowah

The functions are: y = x, y = x^2, y = x^3

4. Sep 14, 2006

### waterchan

If that is the entirety of the problem, you can treat m as if it were some constant or variable.

5. Sep 14, 2006

### Rowah

Ok thanks waterchan, that's what my teacher said today :D