Write a polynomial function of least degree that has real coefficients, the given zeros and a leading coefficient of 1.

4, -4, -3i

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- Dec 21st 2008, 08:53 PMmagentaritaWrite A Polynomial Function
Write a polynomial function of least degree that has real coefficients, the given zeros and a leading coefficient of 1.

4, -4, -3i - Dec 22nd 2008, 07:20 AMHallsofIvy
You can solve polynomial equations by factoring right? If p(x)= (x-a)(x-b)(x-c) then x= a, x= b, and x= c are the zeros. And the fact that the coefficient of each x is 1 means that the leading coefficient after you have multiplied it out will be 1. The answer to the problem

**as you have stated it**is (x- 4)(x+ 4)(x+ 3i).

WARNING! You did NOT say that the polynomial must have**real**coefficients! For example, the constant term of that would be -48i. If you are also required to have real coefficients you will need the "complex conjugate" also as a zero: (x-4)(x+4)(x+ 3i)(x-3i). - Dec 22nd 2008, 09:58 PMmagentaritaok..........