Thursday, February 24, 2011
Now I am studying Polynomials.
Here is an example:
6x2 - 7x + 1
Here is another example:
10x5 + 4x4 - 13x3 + .52 - 102
Each part of a Polynomial is called a Monomial. My dad calls them "terms".
The number in front of each term is called a coefficient.
The little numbers above the x's are called exponents.
When x-terms have the same exponent they can be easily combined by adding their coefficients.
3x4 - 17x4 = -14x4
(-1/3)x5 + (1/2)x5 = (1/6)x5
Two terms or two monomials, make a "binomial". (Bi - means two).
You can also multiply, divide, and factor Polynomials