Aoife M.

asked • 12/02/19

i need help on an algebra 2 question on dividing polynomials?

my algebra 2 teacher is not the best-- he just can't teach and almost all of my class fails every test because so. anyways, I'm a little perplexed on one question we've got to do for homework:


"Divide. write your answer in fraction form."

(2x^5 - 15x^3 - 9x^2 +11x + 12) / (x + 2)


the way i've been taught, we're supposed to do long division. i've gotten so far as to reaching 2x^4 -2x^3 for my answer but I just know it's got to be wrong. if anyone can help, it'd truly open my eyes a lot more.

John B.

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Quick question. Are you supposed to do it by long division, or are you allowed to use synthetic division?
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12/02/19

Aoife M.

we haven't learned synthetic division yet, I'm afraid. we're too behind.
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12/02/19

Paul M.

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David W. proved that what I claimed impossible is indeed possible! Thanks, David. Very nice job!
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12/05/19

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David W. answered • 12/03/19

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Paul M. answered • 12/03/19

BS Mathematics, MD

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