p(x) is a polynomial of degree>2. When p(x) is divided by x-2, it leaves remainder 1, and when divided by x-3, leaves rem. 3. Find the remainder when p(x) is divided by (x-2)(x-3)

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- Aug 31st 2008, 07:27 PMdeadmandxQ. on polynomials, plz help!
p(x) is a polynomial of degree>2. When p(x) is divided by x-2, it leaves remainder 1, and when divided by x-3, leaves rem. 3. Find the remainder when p(x) is divided by (x-2)(x-3)

- Aug 31st 2008, 11:26 PMMoo
Hello,

p(x)=(x-2)Q(x)+1

p(x)=(x-3)R(x)+3

thus we know that p(2)=1 and p(3)=3

Let s(x) be the remainder of p when divided by (x-2)(x-3)

p(x)=(x-2)(x-3)T(x)+s(x)

Since (x-2)(x-3) is of degree 2, s(x) has to be of degree 0 or 1.

Substituting x=2 and x=3, this gives the system :

So we're looking for and such that and

Substitute :

You can finish it eh ?