Names of Polynomials with More Than Three Terms
Date: 03/25/2004 at 21:44:10 From: Beth Subject: Names of Polynomials with more than 3 terms What are the official, mathematical names for polynomials with more than three terms? For example, a polynomial with one term is a monomial, with two terms is a binomial, and with three terms is a trinomial. What is a polynomial with more than three terms called?
Date: 03/25/2004 at 22:40:52 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Names of Polynomials with more than 3 terms Hi, Beth. A polynomial of four terms is sometimes called a quadrinomial, but there's really no need for such words. That's because the number of terms in a polynomial is not important. There are special techniques for factoring quadratic trinomials, which is why that term is used; sometimes a quadrinomial is worth mentioning for the same reason, but beyond that, a polynomial is just a polynomial, and the degree is more important than how many terms happen to be non-zero. If you have any further questions, feel free to write back. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
Date: 03/26/2004 at 15:39:22 From: Beth Subject: Thank you (Names of Polynomials with more than 3 terms) Thank you very much for responding to my question so quickly. It was helpful. Thanks, Beth
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