# Real Polynomial Function is Continuous

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## Theorem

A (real) polynomial function is continuous at every point.

Thus a (real) polynomial function is continuous on every interval of $\R$.

## Proof

From Linear Function is Continuous, setting $\alpha = 1$ and $\beta = 0$, we have that:

- $\displaystyle \lim_{x \mathop \to c} x = c$

Repeated application of the Product Rule for Limits of Functions shows us that:

- $\displaystyle \forall k \in \N: \lim_{x \mathop \to c} x^k = c^k$

Now let $\map P x = a_n x^N + a_{n - 1} x^{n - 1} + \cdots + a_1 x + a_0$.

By repeated application of the Combined Sum Rule for Limits of Functions, we find that:

- $\displaystyle \lim_{x \mathop \to c} \map P x = \map P c$

So whatever value we choose for $c$, we have that $\map P x$ is continuous at $c$.

From the definition of continuity on an interval, the second assertion follows.

$\blacksquare$

## Sources

- 1977: K.G. Binmore:
*Mathematical Analysis: A Straightforward Approach*... (previous) ... (next): $\S 8.13$ - 1977: K.G. Binmore:
*Mathematical Analysis: A Straightforward Approach*... (previous) ... (next): $\S 9.2$ - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**continuous function**(v)