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Beginning Pre-Calculus for Game Developers by Boris Meltreger, John P. Flynt

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Polynomials

Polynomials constitute what you can regard as a superset that contains other types of expressions, such as monomials, binomials, and trinomials. A monomial consists of a constant coefficient and a single variable. The coefficient must be a real number. The variable often possesses an exponent. If it does, then the exponent must be an integer, and it may not be negative. Here are a few examples of monomials:

5x2, 2x2, –2, 0, 3x4, 2

Monomials are polynomials, as are binomials and trinomials. A binomial consists of two monomials. A trinomial consists of three monomials. A polynomial, generally, can consist of a monomial or a combination of monomials. If you combine monomials to create a polynomial, you use only addition and subtraction ...

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