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    Polynomial p(x) and a divisor d(x) are given. Find the quotient q(x) and the remainder r(x) when p(x) is divided by d(x).


    a,
    p(x)=12x^3-40x^2+11x+39
    d(x)=2x-5




    b,
    p(x)=x^4+x^2+2
    d(x)=x^2+x+1
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    Quote Originally Posted by gumi View Post
    Polynomial p(x) and a divisor d(x) are given. Find the quotient q(x) and the remainder r(x) when p(x) is divided by d(x).


    a,
    p(x)=12x^3-40x^2+11x+39
    d(x)=2x-5




    b,
    p(x)=x^4+x^2+2
    d(x)=x^2+x+1
    This is just long division of polynomials. I'll walk you through the first one.
    We need to find the correct multiple of 2x - 5 to get to the level of 12x^3. That multiple is 6x^2.

    So we multiply 6x^2 \cdot (2x-5) = 12x^2 - 30x^2 and subtract that from 12x^3 - 40x^2 + 11x + 39, which leaves us with -10x^2 + 11x + 39. Now, how many times will 2x - 5 go into this? -5x.

    So -5x \cdot (2x - 5) = -10x^2 + 25x and we subtract out -10x^2 + 25x, leaving us with -14x + 39. Finally, we see that we need a multiple of -7 for the last step:

    -7(2x - 5) = -14x + 35 and we subtract this from -14x + 39 to yield 4.

    The answer is therefore:

    q(x) = 6x^2 - 5x - 7

    r(x) = \frac{4}{2x - 5}
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    Hello,

    Here is a method, it's the one I apply, it's not necessarily the one you have to use.

    p(x)=12x^3-40x^2+11x+39
    d(x)=2x-5

    I see what the highest degree in p(x) is, and I find how to multiply x powered to the highest degree to get the first term of p(x).

    In \ p(x) \ : \ 12x^3
    In \ d(x) \ : \ 2x

    12x^3={\color{red}6x^2} (2x)

    So I'll write :

    p(x)={\color{red}6x^2} (2x-{\color{magenta}5})  {\color{magenta}+5*6x^2} \ \ -40x^2+11x+39

    p(x)=6x^2 (2x-5)+30x^2-40x^2+11x+39=6x^2(2x-5)-10x^2+11x+39

    Then I'll do it again, with -10x :

    -10x^2=-5x (2x)

    ---> p(x)=6x^2 (2x-5)-5x(2x-{\color{magenta}5}){\color{magenta}-25x} \ \ +11x+39

    And continue, again and again...
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    now i get it thanks
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