# Polynomials of different degrees and a related monomial

1. Homework Statement

Let f, g be nonzero polynomials with deg (f) $$\geq$$ deg (g). Show that there
is a unique monomial bx$$^{k}$$ where deg(f(x) - bx$$^{k}$$g(x)) < deg (f).

2. Homework Equations

see above

3. The Attempt at a Solution

I define polynomials f and g, with deg(f) = n and deg (g) = m and n$$\geq$$m
and let the monomial be h(x) so h(x)g(x) = l(x) and using the theorem deg(h(x)g(x)) = deg(h(x)+g(x)) and therefore deg l(x) = k + m. so overall i have to find deg(f(x)-l(x)) but this is equal to f(x) not less than f(x), how do I show its less than f(x).

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#### epenguin

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Re: polynomials

In other words you have a polynomial f = anxn + an-1xn-1 + ... , and you have another one g = cmxm + cm-1xm-1 + ...
where n > m .

And you are asked if you can find a bxk that can make the degree of
(f - bxkg) less than n.

In other words the coefficient of xn in the polynomial (f - bxkg) has to be what?

Re: polynomials

the coefficient has to be 0 than I think? but degree k+m still could be greater than n as we dont know anything about k.

#### epenguin

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Re: polynomials

You are just asked can you find, will you always be able to find, a k (and a b) that gives you the result you want?

Maybe you would find it easier if you first considered a concrete case. I can choose any polynomials that come into my head as long as n >or= m.

f = 5x3 + 10x2 + 2x + 8.5 and g = 3x + 2 comes into my head.

Can you find a b and k for that that gives you a reduced degree result for (f - bxkg) ?

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