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Course: College Algebra
Topic: Polynomial and Rational Functions
Subtopic: Polynomial Functions II - Division, Remainder Thm, Factor Thm

Overview

Continuing our study of polynomial functions, in this lesson we concentrate on two important theorems that will enable us to find roots of the functions which in term will enable us to factor the polynomial completely. The ultimate goal is to turn a long polynomial in general form into a product of linear factors.

Objectives

By the end of this topic you should know and be prepared to be tested on:

• 3.3.1 Perform synthetic division
• 3.3.2 Use synthetic division to simplify rational expressions whose denominator is a linear expression of the form (x±c)
• 3.3.3 Understand and be able to apply the remainder theorem and the factor theorem
• 3.3.4 Use synthetic division to determine if a given number is a zero of the polynomial
• 3.3.5 Know the connection between zeros, roots, and x-intercept points
• 3.3.6 Use theorems and synthetic division to factor a polnomial in the rational realm, real realm, or complex realm
• 3.3.7 Find a polynomial that has given roots

Terminology

Define: synthetic division, zero, root, remainder theorem, factor theorem, rational vs. real vs. complex realm

Supplemental Resources (optional)

If you need supplemental tutorial videos with examples relevant to this section go to James Sousa's MathIsPower4U and search for topics:
"Determining the Characteristics of Polynomial Functions"
"Finding the Zeros of Polynomial Functions"