Overview

A polynomial is an algebraic expression that is a sum of terms, where each term contains only variables with whole number exponents and real number coefficients. A polynomial is in standard form when its terms are written in descending order of exponents from left to right.

In this unit, you will learn about polynomials, polynomial equations, and polynomial functions. You will learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials. You will graph polynomials and be able to identify their end behaviors. You will learn to evaluate polynomial expressions and solve polynomial equations. Factoring will enable you to determine the number of solutions and find the zeros of a polynomial function. The skills you learn can be used to solve real-life problems.