# Help with matlab homework

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Nguyen on 3 Feb 2015
Commented: Youssef Khmou on 3 Feb 2015
The graph of the function , f(x)=a*x^4+b*x^3+c*x^2+d*x+e, passes through the points (-3, 6.8), (-1.5, 15.2), (0.5, 14.5), (2, -21.2), and (5, 10). Write a script that will prompt for the ordered pairs as inputs and solve five equations with the five unknown constants: a, b, c, d, and e. You need to set up a matrix equation and solve for the unknowns by first finding the inverse of a matrix. Solve the system: y = X * h, for h
John D'Errico on 3 Feb 2015
I fixed the code formatting. When you include code, select it, then click on the button that says "{} code". This will make your code readable for others.
Ok. so you have at least made some effort. Admittedly, it is rarely a good thing to have an interface with lots of input statements. And naming a list of variables as you have will get you in trouble one day. So, how about this as a simplification?
for ind = 1:5
xy(ind,:) = input('Enter an ordered pair as a vector [a,b]:');
end
This will create an array of size 5x2, where the first column is x, the second column y. You could split the columns apart, perhaps as
x = xy(:,1);
y = xy(:,2);
As for how to create the X matrix, you should look at the vander function. What would vander(x) do then? TRY IT!
If you cannot use vander (read, are not allowed) then ask again, but first, think about what vander produces. Is there a way to create that matrix yourself?
Nguyen on 3 Feb 2015
What is vander? I cannot find it in my book and my professor has not talked about it.

Youssef Khmou on 3 Feb 2015
Edited: Youssef Khmou on 3 Feb 2015
X=[(-3)^4 (3)^3 (3)^2 3 1;
(-1.5)^4 (-1.5)^3 (-1.5)^2 (-1.5) 1;
(0.5)^4 (0.5)^3 (0.5)^2 (0.5) 1;
(2)^4 (2)^3 (2)^2 2 1;
(5)^4 (5)^3 (5)^2 5 1];
Nguyen on 3 Feb 2015
Okay, so I can just type this in to a script? And in the input line of the command box I can just type in the name if the script file and it would give me an answer?
Youssef Khmou on 3 Feb 2015
correct