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how do you divide polynomials with multiple x terms?
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Yes it is a choice thing.

Sythetic division is much quicker but I have to look up how to do it every time because I have used normal long division for years and i do not have a good memory.

However if you can remember it, it will make you faster and exams tend to be long so speed does matter.

Oh sorry, I thought i was answering the question - silly me.

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Here is a couple of you tube clips that will help.

Synthetic Division

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZoMz1Cy1T4

Long division

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_l_eCscjSw

Melody  Jun 7, 2014
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My son just learned this in this school year (11th grade).

Current educators in secondary mathematics teach students to use a method called "synthetic division."

However, following the same steps used for long division of whole numbers, a student can easily learn how to do "long division" in algebra, which includes variables, coefficients, and whole numbers.

Either can be searched online. Many students like synthetic division. I just think it is one extra technique to memorize when students already are proficient in long division of whole numbers.

jjzamball  Jun 7, 2014
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Yes it is a choice thing.

Sythetic division is much quicker but I have to look up how to do it every time because I have used normal long division for years and i do not have a good memory.

However if you can remember it, it will make you faster and exams tend to be long so speed does matter.

Oh sorry, I thought i was answering the question - silly me.

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Here is a couple of you tube clips that will help.

Synthetic Division

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZoMz1Cy1T4

Long division

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_l_eCscjSw

Melody  Jun 7, 2014
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Ask me to divide by a quadratic (using synthetic division) and I'll probably ask you to come back in half an hour, I might have remembered how to do it by then. Allow me to use algebraic long division and your limited by just how long it takes me to write it out. 

Bertie  Jun 7, 2014

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