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**jzellt** This is a question from my numerical analysis class. I apologize in advance if I'm in the wrong thread...

Evaluate

p(x) = 1 - x^3/3! + x^6/6! - x^9/9! + x^12/12! - x^15/15!

as efficiently as possible. How many multiplications are necessary? Assume all coefficients have been computed and stored for later use.

So I know the answer is 7 multiplications by looking in the back of the book. I'm almost positive Horner's Method is needed to show this since it's a big part of this section in my book...

I thought to let y = x^3 and rewrite. I messed around with substitutions of this sort but could never get 7 multiplications. I'm actually not even sure if that's the way to go about it.

If someone could show this, it will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks