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Unformatted text preview: is the most important section of all the preliminaries. Factoring
polynomials will appear in pretty much every chapter in this course. Without the ability to factor
polynomials you will be unable to complete this course.
Rational Expressions – In this section we will define rational expressions and discuss adding,
subtracting, multiplying and dividing them.
Complex Numbers – Here is a very quick primer on complex numbers and how to manipulate
them. © 2007 Paul Dawkins 1 http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/terms.aspx College Algebra Integer Exponents
We will start off this chapter by looking at integer exponents. In fact, we will initially assume
that the exponents are positive as well. We will look at zero and negative exponents in a bit.
Let’s first recall the definition of exponentiation with positive integer exponents. If a is any
number and n is a positive integer then, a n = a × a × a ×L × a
n times So, for example, 35 = 3 × 3 × 3 × 3 × 3 = 243
We should also use this opportunity to remind ourselves about parenthesis and conventions that...
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2012 for the course ICT 4 taught by Professor Mrvinh during the Spring '12 term at Hanoi University of Technology.
- Spring '12