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# Polynomials

### polynomials vocab

Word | Definition |
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binomial | a polynomial with two terms |

degree of monomial | the sum of the exponents of the variables in the monomial. the degree of a non zero constant term is 0 |

degree of polynomial | the greatest degree of terms in the polynomial |

leading coefficient | when a polynomial is written so that the exponents of a variable decrease from left to right, the coefficient of the first term is "leading". |

polynomial | monomial or sum of monomials; each called a term of the polynomial |

trinomial | a polynomial with three terms |

FOIL method | 1. write the products of the terms 2. multiply 3. combine like terms |

difference of squares | two perfect sqaures seperated by a subtraction sign |

square of a difference | if a and b are any numbers, (a-b)**2 = (a-b)(a-b) = a**2-2ab+b**2 |

square of a sum | if a and b are any numbers, (a+b)2 = (a+b)(a+b) = a**2+2ab=b**2 |

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