Polynomials will show up in pretty much every section

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Unformatted text preview: int is that absolute value always makes a a positive number. So, as a quick example this means that, 8 x8 = x AND 11 x11 = x For square roots this is, x2 = x This will not be something we need to worry all that much about here, but again there are topics in courses after an Algebra course for which this is an important idea so we needed to at least acknowledge it. © 2007 Paul Dawkins 24 http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/terms.aspx College Algebra Polynomials In this section we will start looking at polynomials. Polynomials will show up in pretty much every section of every chapter in the remainder of this material and so it is important that you understand them. We will start off with polynomials in one variable. Polynomials in one variable are algebraic expressions that consist of terms in the form ax n where n is a non-negative (i.e. positive or zero) integer and a is a real number and is called the coefficient of the term. The degree of a polynomial in one variable is the largest exponent in the...
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