1. ## Polynomial

Hello i got this problem and i have no idea what to do:
Among polynomials of third degree with coefficients in $\displaystyle R$ find such $\displaystyle f(x)$ for which is value $\displaystyle {max}_{x \in \left< -1,1 \right> } f(x)$ minimal.

Thanks for any help

2. Originally Posted by token22
Hello i got this problem and i have no idea what to do:
Among polynomials of third degree with coefficients in $\displaystyle R$ find such $\displaystyle f(x)$ for which is value $\displaystyle {max}_{x \in \left< -1,1 \right> } f(x)$ minimal.
You need some additional condition for this problem to make much sense. As it stands, the max value of the polynomial could be arbitrarily low. For example, if $\displaystyle f(x) = x^3-10^{100}$ then the max value on the interval [–1,1] is $\displaystyle -10^{100}+1$.

My first thought was that the quantity to be minimised should be |f(x)|. But that is no better, because for example the function $\displaystyle f(x) = \varepsilon x^3$ has max absolute value as close as you like to 0, for sufficiently small $\displaystyle \varepsilon$.