The Global Math Project and the National Math Festival have teamed up to celebrate Global Math Week with fun formulas for everyone. Come get your very own Personal Polynomial!
What’s a polynomial? Just a type of math expression.
What’s your Personal Polynomial? Find out by typing your name below!
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Designed by Branden Stone in cooperation with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Global Math Project
Under the Hood with James Tanton
How to Interpret Your Personal Polynomial
If you prefer to read, here’s a little description:
Say your names is JAMES. (How coincidental! That is my name!)
The Personal Polynomial for James is
P(x) = 83 x4 – 497 x3 + 4141 x2 – 3463 x + 164.
And how does this spell James?
Well, put in the value 1 for x, work out the arithmetic, and see that that value 10 results. And what is the tenth letter of the alphabet? It’s J!
Put in the value 2 for x, work out the arithmetic, and see that the value 1 results. And what is the first letter of the alphabet? It’s A!
Keep doing this and see JAMES appear.
|P(1)||= 10||= J|
|P(2)||= 1||= a|
|P(3)||= 13||= m|
|P(4)||= 5||= e|
|P(5)||= 19||= s|
Amaze your friends and family, and share your polynomial with the world!