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Unformatted text preview: 1 Lesson 24, Section 5.1 Polynomials Definition: A term is a number, a variable, a power of a variable, or the product of any of these. A term is also commonly called a monomial . Examples: 4 2 3 4 w x xy Definition: A Polynomial is a sum (or difference) of Terms (monomials). Examples: 3 2 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 4 4 3 x y x x x a ab b + + +  + Definition: A Binomial is a polynomial of two terms. A Trinomial is a polynomial of three terms. Binomial Examples: 2 3 2 4 3 xy x a +  Trinomial Examples: 2 4 3 5 r r ab b a  +   Definition: The Degree of a monomial (or term) is the sum of its exponents of the variables. Examples with degrees: 5 2 2 5 4 degree 5 7 degree 4 3 degree 7 4 degree 0 x x y xyz  Definition: The Coefficient of a monomial (or term) is the number factor. Examples and coefficients: 2 5 coefficient 5 coefficient 1 3 3 coefficient 2 2 xy x xy  2 The Leading Term...
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 Spring '09
 Polynomials

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