1. ## cubic polynomials

ok so I feel really stupid right now cause I can't figure this out:

The graph of a cubic polynomial function has x-intercepts -3,-1,and 2. The graph also passes through the point A(1,-24)

Determine the function in the factored form a(x-r1)(x-r2)(x-r3) where r1 ect represents the roots algebraically

Umm How do you solve for the a value? I know its vertical strech but can't figure it out.
Oh and I know a=3 but I can't do it algebraically

2. Hello, trouble55!

The graph of a cubic polynomial function has x-intercepts: -3,-1,and 2.
The graph also passes through the point A(1,-24)

Determine the function in the factored form: . $a(x-r_1)(x-r_2)(x-r_3)$
We know the three roots, so we have: . $y \;=\;a(x+3)(x+1)(x-2)\;\;{\color{blue}[1]}$

Why do you suppose they gave us another point? . $A(1,\,\text{-}24)$
. . This says: when $x = 1,\:y = \text{-}24$

Substitute into [1]: . $\text{-}24 \:=\:a(1+3)(1+1)(1-2) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \text{-}8a \:=\:\text{-}24 \quad\Rightarrow\quad a \:=\:3$

Therefore: . $y \;=\,3(x+3)(x+1)(x-2)$

3. Thanks,
I can't belive it was that simple!