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What is the maximum number of vertices for a quatric function (degree 4)?

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kink | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:19 AM via web

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What is the maximum number of vertices for a quatric function (degree 4)?

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neela | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted April 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM (Answer #1)

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A quartic is a polynomial of the 4th degree function. So the diffrential of the quartic is a third degree function f'(*x)

So , f'(x) = 0 gives all the critical points of extrema.

But a third degree equation can have at minimum one real root and a pair of complex conjugate roots or a maximum of all real three roots. So at minimum for a quartic there has to be one extrema.And at maximum it can have 3 extrema. Therefore, at minimum there could be one vertex for a quartic or at maximum it can have 3 vertices.

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