Section P.3 Polynomials

Before Starting This Section, Review

  1. 1 Associative, commutative, and distributive properties (Section p.1 , page 12)

  2. 2 Properties of opposites (Section P.1 , page 13)

  3. 3 Definition of subtraction (Section P.1 , page 13)

  4. 4 Rules for exponents (Section P.2 , page 27)

Objectives

  1. 1 Learn polynomial vocabulary.

  2. 2 Add and subtract polynomials.

  3. 3 Multiply polynomials.

  4. 4 Use special-product formulas.

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