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    polynomial long division

    I was not sure to put it here or in the pre-calc im sorry if it is in the incorrect location.

    when I do polynomial long division I sometimes have a remainder, does this remainder have any other purpose other then telling us that the numbers do not go evenly into one another.

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    The "purpose" of a remainder, if any, will depend upon the context. But I believe that usually, yes, the point is that the divisor is not a factor of the dividend.

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