1. ## possible equation

im supposed to find a possible equation for this graph; i know that the equation must be degree 6 cos it has five turning points but otherwise i have on idea where to start, all of my attempts on graphic calculator failed miserably.
any hints?

2. Originally Posted by furor celtica
im supposed to find a possible equation for this graph; i know that the equation must be degree 6 cos it has five turning points but otherwise i have on idea where to start, all of my attempts on graphic calculator failed miserably.
any hints?
Fun problem, for me.

You can see six real roots. If you estimate where they are, you can write a degree six polynomial immediately (think: factoring). Then if you play around, you should be able to get it to look very much like the sketch.

3. i tried doing that by taking x-values that seemed relatively correct graphically, but then the y-values shot through the roof...
how can this be remedied?

4. Then please show what you did. Of course, you can always control the size of y values by choosing the coefficient of the leading term correctly.

5. i constructed something like -(x+4)(x+3)(x+1)(x-2)(x-4)(x-5)
of course that doesnt work well
how can i birng down the y-values to fit the graph?

6. Originally Posted by furor celtica
i constructed something like -(x+4)(x+3)(x+1)(x-2)(x-4)(x-5)
of course that doesnt work well
how can i birng down the y-values to fit the graph?
I graphed your function in Mathematica and took a screenshot.

I'd say you're done!