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Three Intercepts (Posted on 2006-06-19) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Given the information that the graph of a function has a y-intercept at (0,1) and exactly two x-intercepts at (2,0) and (4,0), how many different functions can you find that pass through these three points?

Note: there are infinite families of functions such as high degree polynomials which pass through them, so a single example would suffice for them. Also disallowed would be piecewise function and functions with artificially restricted domains.

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Another Try | Comment 6 of 7 |
We can always multiply Mindy's function, or Joe's function, by exp(a*x), or by any other function that is 1 at x=0 and has no zeros, such as 1/(1+x^2). I am assuming that the restrictions stated mean that the answer has to be defined at each real x, and that we can't just define the answer function over the interval [-1,5], say, where sinc(pi*x/2) has only 2 and 4 as zeros. The point of this problem, if any, eludes me. Perhaps the official solution will be enlightening.
  Posted by Richard on 2006-06-20 16:13:53
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