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Homework Help: Dividing one polynomial by another!

  1. Sep 5, 2011 #1

    how do i solve that?

    and is there a general formula?


    Edit by bored Borek: LaTeX corrected.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 6, 2011
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  3. Sep 5, 2011 #2
    r goes into r3 how many times?
  4. Sep 5, 2011 #3


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    There is polynomial long division, which is what sjb-2812 is hinting. Synthetic division is also possible in this problem. Look both of them up.
  5. Sep 5, 2011 #4


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    Fixed your LaTeX. The SUP tags inside the itex tags were causing it to not render correctly, I believe.
  6. Sep 5, 2011 #5
    R goes it's r^3 3 times? r.r.r?

    Thanks mark. Wondered why it wasn't working.
  7. Sep 5, 2011 #6
    Found a method. Thanks guys:)
  8. Sep 6, 2011 #7

    Not quite. Would you say 10 goes into 1000 3 times (substituting 10 for r)? Glad you seemed to get it sorted though.
  9. Sep 6, 2011 #8


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    Excellent! I think it's neat that arithmetic with polynomials is so very similar to arithmetic with integers. And not just the four arithmetic operations -- you also have other things, such as unique factorization into primes. (exercise: work out what precisely that should mean)

    The analogy actually runs very, very deep -- you might see more of it if you ever go into algebraic number theory or into algebraic geometry.
  10. Sep 6, 2011 #9
    r goes into r^3 r^2 times.
    3 times, what a novice response -.-

    all good got the solution
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