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WEEK 1 - DQ # 5 (Due Date: 01/27/2011 - Thursday) Due Date: Day 4 [ Main forum] Post a response to the following: How is dividing a polynomial by a binomial similar to or different from the long division you learned in elementary school? Can understanding how to do one kind of division help you with understanding the other kind? What are some examples from real life in which you might use polynomial division? It's the same concept - you still have a remainder, have a divisor and dividend etc. You still follow the same rules. Dividing polynomials by a binomial requires one to carry out the process of long division: divide, multiply, subtract, and bring down the next term. This process continues until the remainder is
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Unformatted text preview: found. The differences are that we are also using variables, and dividing each term is a little different than in normal long division. If you know normal division, you can do polynomial division real well, since it's the same concept, but just applying it at a higher level with variables. It does seem confusing but is not really. For example, if we know the area of a rectangle, and we know the length, and the area and length are in polynomial format, we can find the width by dividing the area and length by using polynomial division. Also, when dividing polynomials, they must be written in descending order, and missing terms must be filled in (0x^2, 0x^3 etc.)...
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