# Trigonometric Polynomial, 2

Author:
Ryan Hirst
Selecting points at x = 0, π , π /2, π /4, the y-values, and the slopes, are simple combinations of the coefficients and √2/2.
Each coefficient leaves certain points and slopes of the curve unaffected. How many times may the curve intersect the x-axis, between two red points? For example, Consider adjacent points ( Q to the right of P). How many times may the curve intersect the x-axis, between two adjacent points? CASE: If , then plainly f(x) = 0 somewhere between P and Q. Can there be more than one intersection? If not, and I intersect: tangent to P, tangent to Q, or Segment PQ with the x-axis ... which is the better approximation? And other CASES? E.g. Let R be the intersection of the tangents at P and Q. If , triangle ΔPQR encloses the arc in some neighborhood of , but not necessarily the whole π/4 interval. Can I draw a conservative envelope which is still a good approximation? I will need over- and under- estimates. Can I do this by forming quadrilaterals and/or triangles by some arrangement of 1. the given points (at intervals of π/4) 2. the vertical lines and tangents through them 3. intersections of 2? Perhaps I can make a more informed estimate, by breaking up the function into its component parts...