What Are Polynomials?
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Hi I’m Maria Birch and today I’m going to be discussing polynomials.

What Is a Polynomial?

A polynomial is an algebraic expression that is made up of multiple terms. A polynomial expression can have constants, variables and positive exponents. In a polynomial, terms can be added, subtracted or multiplied but they can never be divided. Because of these rules, polynomials are easy to work with and easy to simplify because like terms can be combined.

Monomials v. Polynomials

Polynomials are in their simplest form when they contain no like terms.There are different kinds of polynomials – for example, a polynomial with only one term is called a monomial, a polynomial with two terms is called a binomial and a polynomial with 3 terms is called a trinomial. Polynomials can have as many terms as needed to work with but there are always a finite number of terms. The largest term or the term with the highest exponent in the polynomial is usually the one that is written first and is referred to as the "leading term." To learn more about polynomials and to practice working with them, please visit About.com.