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  • A polynomial is a sum of one or more monomials. A binomial has 2 terms, and a trinomial has 3 terms.

  • The degree of a monomial is the sum of the exponents in all its variables.

  • The degree of a polynomial is largest degree of any term in the polynomial.

  • A polynomial is written is descending order if the powers of one variable are in descending order.

  • Usually, polynomials are written in descending order.


Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

  • Intro 0:00
  • What is a Polynomial 0:45
    • Monomial
    • Example: Trinomial
    • Trinomial
    • Example: Binomial
    • Binomial
  • Degree of a Polynomial 4:28
    • Example
  • Ordering Polynomials 6:45
    • Example
  • Lecture Example 1 9:27
  • Lecture Example 2 10:31
  • Additional Example 3
  • Additional Example 4