Lori C. answered • 03/19/18

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Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus

The steps to long division are:

1. Divide

2. Multiply

3. Subtract

4. Bring Down

Repeat these 4 steps ad nauseum.

Synthetic Division simplifies the process.

First, change the sign on the devisor. Put it in a box on the left hand side.

Next, write just the coefficients of the main equation. Remember to include 0s for any missing terms.

Skip a space and draw a horizontal lines.

Now you are finally able to do the problem. The steps for synthetic division are

1. Bring down

2 .Multiply

3. Add

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you run out of terms.

Your answer will be a polynomial one degree less than what you started with. Put the numbers on the bottom line as coefficients of the terms.