Monomials and PolynomialsDate: Thu, 31 Aug 1995 00:26:44 -0400 From: Anonymous Subject: math I really don't understand monomials and polymials. could you help explain them simply? I can't understand the instructions that come with them and my dad sounds just like those instructions. Please help. Date: 9/1/95 at 16:32:45 From: Doctor Ken Subject: Re: math Hello! There's actually not all that much to know about monomials and polynomials. Here are some examples of some monomials: x 3y 8 5b^2 (That's 5 b squared) 3xy Now, the way you make a polynomial is to take a whole bunch (at least 2) of monomials and add them together. So here are some polynomials: x + 1 x^2 + x + 1 5x + y^2 1 + x + x^2 + x^3 + x^4 + ... + x^n So there you have it. You can do a lot of stuff with monomials, and that's what a high school algebra course is. For instance, you can learn how to turn this: 3x^2 - 7x - 20 into this: (x-4)(3x+5) But that's another story. -Doctor Ken, The Geometry Forum |
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