Graph of a Polynomial Defined by Its Roots
Most of the numbers  roots, the degree of the polynomial, the minimum and maximum bounds on both x and yaxis  are clickable. To change a value up click (or drag the cursor to speed things up) a little to the right of the vertical center line of a number. Clicking on the left has the opposite effect.
As in the companion program that defines polynomials by their coefficients, this one, too, allows one to make a few general observations on the behavior of polynomials depending on the degree and distribution of their roots
Polynomials are unbounded functions. At both ends of the xaxis, unless they are constant, polynomials grow without bound in their absolute value. Sometimes they go to the positive infinity and sometimes to the negative infinity. What exactly happens depends on three factors: the parity of their degree, the sign of their main coefficient, and the side of the xaxis we are talking about. The following table summarizes all possible behaviors:
   Degree's Parity 
   Odd  Even 

+ ∞   + ∞  + ∞ 
 ∞    ∞  + ∞ 
provided the main coefficient is positive. For a negative coefficient, the signs in the table are reversed.
Polynomials may or may not have repeated roots. The behavior of a polynomial in a vicinity of a root depends on the parity of the root's multiplicity. If the multiplicity is even, the graph at this point is tangent to and stays on one side of the xaxis. Otherwise, the two cross and the graph is of different signs on the two sides of the root. If the multiplicity of a root is great than one, the graph is tangent to the xaxis regardless of the root's parity.
Changing the value of the main coefficient stretches or squeezes the graph vertically. Changing the coefficient's sign flips the graph around the xaxis.
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