its obvisously 3rd order and i know the leading coefficient is 1...so have x^3 + bx^2 + cx + d = F(x)

can anyone hint as to how to go about it?

Just as a quadratic (a polynomial of degree two) is uniquely determined by three points, so also a cubic (a polynomial of degree three) is uniquely determined by four points.

So pick any four of the given points, and plug them into the cubic's equation. I like smaller values, so I'd probably pick (-1, 0), (0, -6), (1, -8), and (2, 0):

. . . . .-1 + b - c + d = 0

. . . . .d = -6

. . . . .1 + b + c + d = -8

. . . . .8 + 4b + 2c + d = 0

Then

**solve the system of equations** for the values of the coefficients.

*P.S. Alternatively, you could plug all of the points into a graphing calculator in "STAT" mode, and do the cubic regression. You will discover that your impulse was* exactly

* right: this doesn't just* look

* like a cubic; it* is

*a cubic*.