Polynomials. They're functional, sometimes complex, and some would say even otherworldly. We don't know where they would get that last idea, though. We keep coming back to them for whatever reason, and every time we do, we end up learning more about them. This time is no exception. What might we learn? The recipe for their out-of-this-world cookies? How much wood a woodchuck could chuck? Maybe the secrets of life, the universe, and everything?
Probably not on all counts. Sorry if we got your hopes up. But we will find out some other things. Why is the sign of the leading coefficient such a big deal? What exactly happens if we try to divide by zero? What happens when x is gigantic? Or gigantically negative? Will we use complex numbers for anything? Yep, all that and more is waiting for you. And if that isn't incentive enough, we'll share an awesome cookie recipe with you when we finish. How about that as a reward for learning some math?