Given a review of how to identify a polynomial, it is also appropriate to review a few of the characteristic activities you perform in association with polynomials. First, when you replace the variable in a polynomial with a number, you find the value of the polynomial. Along the same lines, when you employ operations to determine the value of the variable in a polynomial, then you evaluate the polynomial.

When you state a polynomial so that you represent the variable of the polynomial on one side of an equal sign, and then place another variable on the other side to represent the value of the polynomial, then you create a polynomial equation. Many of the equations you have dealt with in preceding chapters have been, ...

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