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# What is the basic principles of simplifying a polynomial?

I need to principles of simplifying a polynomial so that I can explain it to my children.

 +1 vote! +6 you voted Answer by  Mathmeteachin (192) Simplifying polynomials is just gathering like terms to be counted. It's like dividing fruit into apples, oranges and kiwi. (x+2)*(x+3) = x squared+5x+6 the x's, x2 and numbers are grouped.

 +1 vote! +6 you voted Answer by  MathGeek77 (19) To simplify a polynomial, the following steps should be applied in order. First, factor out any common numbers or variables. Second, if the polynomial is second degree (contains an x squared), apply the quadratic formula to what is left.

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  vm123 (37) The most important thing is combining like terms. You must remember that when you do operations you look to see if the number is negative.

 +1 vote! +5 you voted Answer by  DavidD (148) It is very simple to simplify a polynomial. Basically all you need to do is first combine all of the like terms. Then you must perform the actions (i. e. multiplication/subtraction) of those like terms until you are left with the unlike terms.

 +1 vote! +0 you voted Answer by  ttshirtnpanties (2) when multiplying two polynominals, what fundamental property do you use repeatedly