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What is the degree of the polynomial x^3 - 2x^2 + x - 1?
Which of the following is a binomial?
What is the leading coefficient of the polynomial 2x^2 + 3x - 1?
What is the result of adding the polynomials x^2 + 2x and x^2 - 3x?
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What is the result of multiplying the polynomials x + 2 and x + 3?
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What is the factored form of the polynomial 2x^2 + 4x?
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What is the solution to the quadratic equation x^2 + 4x + 4 = 0?
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What is the type of polynomial with three terms?
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What is the constant term in the polynomial x^2 + 3x - 2?
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What is the result of subtracting the polynomial x^2 - 2x from the polynomial x^2 + 3x?
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Study Notes
Polynomial
Definition
- A polynomial is an expression consisting of variables (such as x or y) and coefficients (numbers) combined using only addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
- The variables are raised to non-negative integer powers.
Types of Polynomials
- Monomial: A polynomial with only one term (e.g., 3x^2 or 5y)
- Binomial: A polynomial with two terms (e.g., x^2 + 3x or 2y^2 - 4y)
- Trinomial: A polynomial with three terms (e.g., x^2 + 2x + 1 or y^3 - 2y^2 + y)
Properties of Polynomials
- Degree: The highest power of the variable(s) in a polynomial (e.g., x^2 + 3x has a degree of 2)
- Leading Coefficient: The coefficient of the term with the highest degree (e.g., in x^2 + 3x, the leading coefficient is 1)
- Constant Term: The term with no variables (e.g., in x^2 + 3x + 2, the constant term is 2)
Operations with Polynomials
- Addition and Subtraction: Combine like terms (e.g., (x^2 + 2x) + (x^2 - 3x) = 2x^2 - x)
- Multiplication: Distribute each term in one polynomial to each term in the other polynomial (e.g., (x + 2) × (x + 3) = x^2 + 5x + 6)
Factoring Polynomials
- Factoring out the Greatest Common Factor (GCF): Divide each term by the GCF (e.g., 2x^2 + 4x = 2x(x + 2))
- Factoring Quadratic Expressions: Use the formula x^2 + bx + c = (x + d)(x + e) to factor quadratic expressions
Solving Polynomial Equations
- Linear Equations: Solve for the variable by isolating it on one side of the equation (e.g., 2x + 3 = 5 → x = 1)
- Quadratic Equations: Use factoring or the quadratic formula (x = (-b ± √(b^2 - 4ac)) / 2a) to solve quadratic equations
Polynomial
Definition
- An expression consisting of variables and coefficients combined using addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
- Variables are raised to non-negative integer powers.
Types of Polynomials
- Monomial: One-term expression (e.g., 3x^2 or 5y).
- Binomial: Two-term expression (e.g., x^2 + 3x or 2y^2 - 4y).
- Trinomial: Three-term expression (e.g., x^2 + 2x + 1 or y^3 - 2y^2 + y).
Properties of Polynomials
- Degree: Highest power of variables in a polynomial (e.g., x^2 + 3x has a degree of 2).
- Leading Coefficient: Coefficient of the term with the highest degree (e.g., in x^2 + 3x, the leading coefficient is 1).
- Constant Term: Term with no variables (e.g., in x^2 + 3x + 2, the constant term is 2).
Operations with Polynomials
- Addition and Subtraction: Combine like terms (e.g., (x^2 + 2x) + (x^2 - 3x) = 2x^2 - x).
- Multiplication: Distribute each term to each term in the other polynomial (e.g., (x + 2) × (x + 3) = x^2 + 5x + 6).
Factoring Polynomials
- Factoring out the GCF: Divide each term by the Greatest Common Factor (e.g., 2x^2 + 4x = 2x(x + 2)).
- Factoring Quadratic Expressions: Use the formula x^2 + bx + c = (x + d)(x + e) to factor quadratic expressions.
Solving Polynomial Equations
- Linear Equations: Isolate the variable on one side of the equation (e.g., 2x + 3 = 5 → x = 1).
- Quadratic Equations: Use factoring or the quadratic formula (x = (-b ± √(b^2 - 4ac)) / 2a) to solve quadratic equations.
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Understand the definition and types of polynomials, including monomials, binomials, and trinomials, and their properties in algebra.