# Polynomials

Polynomials are equations of a single variable with nonnegative integer exponents.
MATLAB^{®} represents polynomials with numeric vectors containing the polynomial
coefficients ordered by descending power. For example, `[1 -4 4]`

corresponds
to *x*^{2} - 4*x* +
4. For more information, see Create and Evaluate Polynomials.

## Functions

`poly` | Polynomial with specified roots or characteristic polynomial |

`polyeig` | Polynomial eigenvalue problem |

`polyfit` | Polynomial curve fitting |

`residue` | Partial fraction expansion (partial fraction decomposition) |

`roots` | Polynomial roots |

`polyval` | Polynomial evaluation |

`polyvalm` | Matrix polynomial evaluation |

`conv` | Convolution and polynomial multiplication |

`deconv` | Least-squares deconvolution and polynomial division |

`polyint` | Polynomial integration |

`polyder` | Polynomial differentiation |

## Topics

**Create and Evaluate Polynomials**This example shows how to represent a polynomial as a vector in MATLAB® and evaluate the polynomial at points of interest.

**Roots of Polynomials**Calculate polynomial roots numerically, graphically, or symbolically.

**Integrate and Differentiate Polynomials**This example shows how to use the

`polyint`

and`polyder`

functions to analytically integrate or differentiate any polynomial represented by a vector of coefficients.**Polynomial Curve Fitting**This example shows how to fit a polynomial curve to a set of data points using the

`polyfit`

function.**Programmatic Fitting**There are many functions in MATLAB that are useful for data fitting.