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What is the degree of a polynomial?

What is the commutative property of polynomials?

What is the purpose of factoring polynomials?

What is the shape of the graph of a polynomial with an even degree?

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What is an application of polynomials in real-world phenomena?

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## Study Notes

### Definition and Terminology

- A polynomial is an expression consisting of variables (such as x or y) and coefficients (constants) combined using only addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
- Polynomials can be classified based on the degree (highest power of the variable):
- Monomials: polynomials with one term
- Binomials: polynomials with two terms
- Trinomials: polynomials with three terms

- Degree of a polynomial: the highest power of the variable
- Leading coefficient: the coefficient of the term with the highest degree

### Operations with Polynomials

- Adding and subtracting polynomials:
- Combine like terms (terms with the same variable and degree)
- Simplify the expression

- Multiplying polynomials:
- Distribute each term in one polynomial to each term in the other polynomial
- Combine like terms

- Factoring polynomials:
- Express a polynomial as a product of simpler expressions
- Common factors, difference of squares, and sum and difference formulas can be used

### Properties of Polynomials

- Commutative property: the order of the variables does not change the polynomial
- Associative property: the order in which terms are added or multiplied does not change the polynomial
- Distributive property: multiplication distributes over addition

### Graphs of Polynomials

- The graph of a polynomial is a smooth curve
- The degree of a polynomial determines the shape of the graph:
- Even degree: graph has a minimum or maximum point
- Odd degree: graph has a point of inflection

- x-intercepts: points where the graph crosses the x-axis
- y-intercept: point where the graph crosses the y-axis

### Applications of Polynomials

- Modeling real-world phenomena, such as population growth or electrical circuits
- Approximating functions, such as trigonometric or exponential functions
- Solving equations and inequalities

### Definition and Terminology

- A polynomial is an expression consisting of variables and coefficients combined using addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
- Polynomials can be classified based on the degree (highest power of the variable).
- Monomials are polynomials with one term.
- Binomials are polynomials with two terms.
- Trinomials are polynomials with three terms.
- The degree of a polynomial is the highest power of the variable.
- The leading coefficient is the coefficient of the term with the highest degree.

### Operations with Polynomials

- When adding or subtracting polynomials, combine like terms and simplify the expression.
- When multiplying polynomials, distribute each term in one polynomial to each term in the other polynomial and combine like terms.
- Factoring polynomials involves expressing a polynomial as a product of simpler expressions, using common factors, difference of squares, and sum and difference formulas.

### Properties of Polynomials

- The commutative property states that the order of the variables does not change the polynomial.
- The associative property states that the order in which terms are added or multiplied does not change the polynomial.
- The distributive property states that multiplication distributes over addition.

### Graphs of Polynomials

- The graph of a polynomial is a smooth curve.
- The degree of a polynomial determines the shape of the graph: even degree graphs have a minimum or maximum point, while odd degree graphs have a point of inflection.
- x-intercepts are points where the graph crosses the x-axis.
- The y-intercept is the point where the graph crosses the y-axis.

### Applications of Polynomials

- Polynomials can model real-world phenomena, such as population growth or electrical circuits.
- Polynomials can approximate functions, such as trigonometric or exponential functions.
- Polynomials can be used to solve equations and inequalities.

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## Description

Understand the definition and terminology of polynomials, including classification, degree, and coefficients. Learn about monomials, binomials, and trinomials.