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Dividing Polynomials

  • To divide a polynomial by a monomial, divide each term of the polynomial by the monomial.
  • To divide a trinomial by a binomial, try to factor the trinomial. If you can, then cancel any common binomial factors in the divisor and the dividend.
  • If there is no common binomial factor, or if the degree of the dividend is greater than 2, then use long division.
  • When dividing a polynomial by a binomial using long division, any terms missing in the dividend must be written explicitly, using a coefficient of 0.

Dividing Polynomials

Divide:
[(12x2 − 4x + 10x − 6)/2x]
  • [(12x3)/2x] − [(4x2)/2x] + [10x/2x] − [6/2x]
6x2 − 2x + 5 − [3/x]
Divide:
[(25y4 + 60y3 − 75y)/5y]
5y3 + 12y2 − 15 − [1/y]
Divide:
[(54m4 + 60m2 − 48m + 24)/6m]
9m3 + 10m − 8 + [4/m]
Divide:
[(2n2 + 3n − 20)/(n + 4)]
  • [(( n + 4 )( 2n − 5 ))/(n + 4)]
2n − 5
Divide:
[(3n2 − n − 24)/(n − 3)]
  • [(( 3n + 8 )( n − 3 ))/(n − 3)]
3n + 8
Divide:
[(( 5j2 + 14 )( j + 2 ))/(j + 2)]
5j + 4
Divide: [(6p2 + 17p − 10)/(3p + 10)]
  • [(( 3p + 10 )( 2p − 1 ))/(3p + 10)]
2p − 1
Divide:
[(( 4x3 − 10x2 + 12x − 8 ))/(( x − 2 ))]
  • [((4x3−10x2 +12x−8))/((x−2))]
  • 4x2
    x−2
    )
    4x3
    −10x2
    +12x
    −8
    −(4x3
    −8x2)
    −2x2
  • 4x2
    x−2
    )
    4x3
    −10x2
    +12x
    −8
    −(4x3
    −8x2)
    −2x2
    +12x
    −(2x2
    +4x)
    8x
  • 4x2
    x−2
    )
    4x3
    −10x2
    +12x
    −8
    −(4x3
    −8x2)
    −2x2
    +12x
    −(2x2
    +4x)
    8x
    −8
    −(8x
    −16)
    8
  • (x−2)(4x2−2x+8)+8
  • 4x3 −2x2+8x−8x2+4x−16+8
4x3−10x2+12x−8
Divide:
[(( 5y3 + 35y − 10y + 65 ))/(( y + 5 ))]
  • y+5
    )
    5y3
    35y2
    −10y
    +65
  • 5y2
    y+5
    )
    5y3
    35y2
    −10y
    +65
    −(5y3
    +25y2)
    10y2
  • 5y2
    +10y
    y+5
    )
    5y3
    35y2
    −10y
    +65
    −(5y3
    +25y2)
    10y2
    −10y
    −(10y2
    +50y)
    −60y
  • 5y2
    +10y
    −60
    y+5
    )
    5y3
    35y2
    −10y
    +65
    −(5y3
    +25y2)
    10y2
    −10y
    −(10y2
    +50y)
    −60y
    +65
    −(−60y
    −300)
    365
  • (y+5)(5y2+10y−60)+365
  • 5y3+10y2−60y+25y2+50y−300+365
5y3+35y2−10y+65
Divide:
[((6a2+12a2−11a+3))/(a+1)]
  • 6a2
    3a+1
    )
    6a2
    12a2
    −11a
    +3
    −(6a3
    +6a2)
    6a2
  • 6a2
    −2a
    3a+1
    )
    6a2
    12a2
    −11a
    +3
    −(6a3
    +6a2)
    6a2
    −(−6a2
    −2a)
    −9a
  • 6a2
    −2a
    −3
    3a+1
    )
    6a2
    12a2
    −11a
    +3
    −(6a3
    +6a2)
    6a2
    −(−6a2
    −2a)
    −9a
    −(−9a
    −3)
    6
  • (3a+1)(6a2−2a−3)+6
  • 18a3−6a2−9a+6a2−2a−3+6
18a3−11a+3

*These practice questions are only helpful when you work on them offline on a piece of paper and then use the solution steps function to check your answer.

Answer

Dividing Polynomials

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial 0:11
    • Example: Regular Fractions
    • Example: Polynomials
  • Dividing a Polynomial by a Binomial 2:56
    • Example: Dividend and Divisor
  • Long Division 5:28
    • Example: Regular Numbers
    • Example: Polynomials
  • Missing Terms 12:20
    • Definition
    • Example
  • Example 1: Divide the Polynomials 18:42
  • Example 2: Divide the Polynomials 20:54
  • Example 3: Divide the Polynomials 23:28
  • Example 4: Divide the Polynomials 28:52