Multiplying Polynomials

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Mathematics and Statistics AssessmentQuadratic and Other Polynomial Expressions, and Functions
PolynomialsMultiplying Polynomials

Transcript

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…so he measures practically everything in terms of the length of his longest paintbrush,

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which we can call p.

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In order to submit his mural, he needs to find the equation for the area of his mural, in terms of “p.”

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He measures the length of one side as p plus 3...

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…and the width as p-squared minus 4p plus 2.

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Knowing that the area formula is length times width,

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multiplying the two will give him the area of the world record mural.

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We can find the product between the two polynomials by splitting up the p plus 3…

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…to get p times p-squared minus 4p plus 2…

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plus 3 times p-squared minus 4p plus 2.

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Using the distributive property we can start distributing.

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P times p squared equals p-cubed, plus p times negative 4p

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which is negative 4p squared, plus p times 2 equals 2p…

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…PLUS 3 times p squared is 3p squared...

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...plus 3 times negative 4p is minus 12p plus 3 times 2 which is 6.

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Now we can combine like terms.

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There's no other p-cubed terms, so we can leave it as p-cubed.

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We have two p squared terms, negative 4p squared and 3p squared.

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So let's combine like terms.

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Negative 4p squared plus 3p squared equals negative p squared.

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We have two p terms, so we again can combine like terms.

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2p minus 12p equals negative 10p.

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We only have one constant number, 6, so we can just leave that as it is.

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After we combine all like terms we get the answer as

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p cubed minus p squared minus 10 p plus 6.

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Poor Shmonet. It seems his paintbrush is roughly the length of a toothpick.

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Well, that’s just one more thing he can bring up in therapy.