A student performed the division of (x^3 + 2x - 3) divided by (x - 2) using synthetic division. Their work is shown below(picture). Did the student make any mistakes?

A. The student was correct. No mistakes were made.

B. The student should have multiplied the -3 and 8 at the end, not added.

C.The student incorrectly used a positive 2 on the "shelf" instead of a negative 2.

D. The student incorrectly wrote the coefficients of the polynomial.

Guest Aug 19, 2020

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The correct answer is **D) The student incorrectly wrote the coefficients of the polynomial.**

Even though there is no x^2 term presented, when performing synthetic division you need to write in a 0 for the missing terms.

The division should have looked like:

2 I

__I 1 0 2 -3

2 4 12

____________________

1 2 6 9

KnockOut Aug 20, 2020