In this lesson on synthetic division, Julie Harland shows how to divide a polynomial by a linear binomial using synthetic division, even when the coefficient of x in the linear binomial is not 1. She emphasizes the importance of writing the terms in descending order before performing the operation and dividing the coefficients in the quotient by the coefficient in front of x. She also explains how to check the work and notes that if no remainder is obtained, it means that the numerator could have been factored, leading to a different solution.
This video shows how to divide a polynomial by a linear binomial using synthetic division. Checking work is also shown. Shows how to use synthetic division when coefficient of x in linear binomial is not 1.
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