Tag «Algebra»

Tutorial: Un-Multiplying (aka Factoring)

The skill of factoring comes up again and again in math classes. There are easy ways to factor, and hard ways to factor; let’s make sure you know the easy ways! Basic factoring: Basic factoring is an investigation into what a collection of terms has in common. If all of the terms in an expression have a …

Tutorial: Polynomial Vocabulary

To play with polynomials it’s essential to have the right vocabulary. Today we’ll define term, coefficient, variable, degree, polynomial, standard form, leading coefficient, constant term, monomial, binomial, and trinomial.

Tutorial: Polynomial Division

Today let’s look at two different types of polynomial division: Polynomial Long Division and Synthetic Division. Long division will work when dividing by any polynomial, synthetic division only works when the divisor is a first degree binomial. This is definitely a case where the explanation is trickier than the process. If you find the text confusing, …

Tutorial: Multiplying Polynomials

A quick tutorial on multiplying polynomials. We touch on “FOIL”, and talk about why the “box method” might be a better technique for you to use.