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How would you define a polynomial expression?

What are some of the characteristics and types of polynomials? Why are
polynomials used to describe many real world applications? Find and share some
examples from your personal experience, textbook reading or through
research.

 

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Polynomial comes from poly- (meaning "many") and -nomial (in this case meaning "term")...so it means "many terms".

 

A polynomial can have constants, variables, and exponents. They can be combined using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

These are polynomials:

3x
x - 2
-6y2 - (7/9)x
3xyz + 3xy2z - 0.1xz - 200y + 0.5
512v5+ 99w5
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