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**starswept** Clearly I must not have

I'm sure I've already asked you for way too much help today already, but if you don't mind, could you show me how you did the division (not that I should need that at this level, but alas)? Thanks again.

first, you haven't asked me too many questions. secondly, long division of polynomials is something i use to this day, and i'm past calc 3 when it comes to math, so you should know it, and never forget it. third, long division is a pain to type and explain here.

try this site and see if you understand

one thing this site doesn't seem to mention is that you have to leave spaces for all the powers even if they are not present

so you can't write:

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x - y ) x^5 - y^5

that leaves no space for the x^4, x^3, x^2 and x^1 terms, you must write it like this:

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x - y ) x^5 - y^5

if it helps you to visualize better, write zeroes to hold the spaces:

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x - y ) x^5 + 0x^4 + 0x^3 + 0x^2 + 0x - y^5