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Homework Help: Question about Polynomial Functions From Data

  1. Sep 13, 2006 #1
    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. jcsd
  3. Sep 13, 2006 #2
    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
     
  4. Sep 14, 2006 #3
    The functions are: y = x, y = x^2, y = x^3
     
  5. Sep 14, 2006 #4
    If that is the entirety of the problem, you can treat m as if it were some constant or variable.
     
  6. Sep 14, 2006 #5
    Ok thanks waterchan, that's what my teacher said today :D
     
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