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Hello all,

I have a question: what is a composite polynomial? I tried searching this up but the results aren't very clear to me and I don't understand them well. Could someone explain this to me and perhaps show it with an example?

 

Thanks in advance!

 Feb 22, 2021
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Let's think about composite numbers instead. Composite numbers can be written as the product of smaller prime numbers. For example, 6 = 2 * 3.

 

Composite polynomials are kind of the same. They can be written as the product of smaller, indivisible factors. 

 

For example, x^4 - 16 = (x^2 + 4)(x + 2)(x - 2). 

 

You can't divide these factors any further, so x^4 - 16 is composite.

 Feb 22, 2021

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