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Hawkins Algebra 1B

Unit 6 Vocabulary

Polynomial A monomial or sum of monomials
Trinomial The sum of three monomials
Binomial The sum of two monomials
Factors In an algebraic expression, the quantities being multiplied
Prime (Polynomial) A polynomial that cannot be written as a product of two polynomials with integral coefficients
Greatest common factor (GCF) The highest number that divides exactly into two or more numbers
Coefficient The numerical factor of a term
Difference of two squares Two perfect squares separated by a subtraction sign
Perfect square A number with a square root that is a rational number
Perfect square trinomial A trinomial that is the square of a binomial
Quadratic equation an equation in the form of ax^2 + bx + c = 0
Zero-product property If the product of two factors is zero, then at least one of the factors must be zero
Completing the square To add a constant term to a binomial in the form of x^2 + bx so that the resulting trinomial is a perfect square
Quadratic formula A formula that allows you to find solutions to any quadratic equation
Axis of symmetry The line that goes through the vertex of a parabola and divides the graph into two equal halves
Parabola The u-shaped graph of a quadratic function
Quadratic function An equation that can be expressed as f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c
Vertex The maximum or minimum point on the graph of a parabola
Minimum The lowest point on the graph of a curve
Maximum The highest point on the graph of a curve
Double root The roots of a quadratic function that are the same number
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