The curve is a fitted second-degree polynomial .
Each distinct species was named with a lengthy Latin description known as a polynomial .
Plants and animals were given long, polynomial Latin names.
The idea was that this trivial name would be easy to. remember and would trigger the memory of the plant's 'correct' polynomial name.
This latter choice was justified because for several species a long-term decline, which started in the early 1970s, could be better described by a second order polynomial .
Names were usually Latin phrases, polynomials , but could be a single word.
Hermite made important contributions to number theory and algebra, orthogonal polynomials , and elliptic functions.
But we would not be able to define the derivative using Paman's terms since we consider more complicated functions than the polynomials or power series which Paman considered.
The papers look at algebraic curves, the Riemann Roch theorem and algebraic polynomials .