"Poly" means many and "nomial" means terms so the definition of a polynomial is the sum of many terms. The terms are raised to non-negative powers or exponents and the coefficients are real numbers. Linear and quadratic functions are both polynomial functions. In this section, you will learn about graphing other polynomial functions.

Polynomials can be written in standard or factored form. Factored form will be covered in a later section. This section will concentrate on graphing standard forms.