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We know that the graph crosses the \$x\$-axis at \$(\\var{x2},0)\$, \$(\\var{a},0)\$ and \$(\\var{b},0)\$. Since this is a cubic, we know our equations has three roots, and by the previous observation, they are at \$\\var{x2}\$, \$\\var{a}\$ and \$\\var{b}\$. Hence we can write our equation as \$\\simplify{y=(x-{a})(x-{b})(x-{x2})}\$ which simplifies to \$\\simplify{y=x^3+{coeff2}x^2+{coeff1}x+{coeff0}}\$.

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Write the equation of the line in the diagram.

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\$y=\\;\$[[0]]

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{eqnline(a,b,x2,y2)}

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The above graph shows a graph of a cubic equation, it is your task to find this equation.

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You are given the three points of the curve with the x axis, \$(\\var{x2},0)\$, \$(\\var{b},0)\$ and \$(\\var{a},0)\$, and the \$y\$-intercept at \$(0, \\var{y})\$ as indicated on the diagram.

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Students are given a graph of a cubic, and are asked to find the equation for it.

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