Turning Point School Blog
In Ms. Pritchet’s Algebra I class, students are continuing the study of Polynomials. The students keep asking, “When in life are we going to use Polynomials, and why are we studying them?”
It has been said that 90% of all mathematics relies on the ability to recognize patterns. In addition to applications that involve polynomials - such as calculating postage - the patterns of polynomials appear in the numbers we use every day. It is for this reason that polynomials have been frequently used to “model” and study numbers.
Polynomials that deal primarily with real numbers can be used in computer programming and developing ciphers for encoding messages. They are also used in the pharmaceutical industry when determining scales of production and ensuring the correct amount of all chemical components make it into every dosage of medication. Polynomials can be used to plot complex curves that decide the path of missile trajectories, or design a roller coaster, or that model a complex situation in physics experiment. Polynomial modeling functions can be even be used to solve questions in chemistry and biology.
So, they are pretty important after all! To make studying them fun, students perfect their golf skills while playing Polynomial games in class.