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Polynomials

polynomials vocab

WordDefinition
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
Created by: jlindsay_math