Polynomials

Summary Sheet

Definition:

The sum or difference of terms which have variables raised to positive integer powers and which have coefficients that may be real or complex.

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

  • When adding and subtracting polynomials you must combine like terms. Example you can x with another x, but you can not add x with a y.
  • Add and Subtract Coefficient of like terms
  • Do NOT add or subtract the exponents
Beginning Algebra & Adding Subtracting Polynomials

Multiplying Polynomials

  • Use distributive property
  • Don't forget to add exponents when multiplying
Beginning Algebra & Multiplying Polynomials