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There are many problems throughout the text labeled IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Just relax; do not be afraid to give your opinion. For the most part, these questions do not have “right” or “wrong” answers. You should spend about five minutes in answering each of these questions.
First see Example 2 for the simplification, and then classify as a monomial, binomial, or trinomial as shown in Example 1. Finally, remember that the degree is the number of variable factors in each term, and the degree of a polynomial is the same as the highest-degree term.
See Example 5. Note: it is important that you are able to do these mentally (with nothing but the answer written down; do not use scrap paper).
Copy the problem as you see it in the book, followed by an equal sign on the same line. The first step is written to the right of this equal sign, and then subsequent steps are written with the equal signs aligned and under the first step, as shown in Example 3. These problems will use the distributive property.
For Problem 31, the binomial(5x + 1) is multiplied times 3x^2, then it is multiplied times (-5x), and finally multiply (5x + 1) times 2.
Use FOIL for the algebraic solution (see Example 4) and use rectangles and squares for the geometric solution (see Example 8).
See Example 6 and 7.
It is a good idea to first use the binomial theorem using a and b. For Problem 45 write
(x+3)^3 = a^3 + 3a^2b + 3ab^2 + b^2
and then note that x = a and b = -1