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#1 2007-11-07 11:45:40

MathsIsFun
Registered: 2005-01-21
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Polynomials - Long Multiplication

I just made a page on Polynomials - Long Multiplication

But ... does anyone know a better method when there is more than one variable? Other than "make up the columns as you go"?

How would YOU do (x[sup]2[/sup] + 2xz + z) (x + z) ?

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#2 2007-11-07 14:10:56

Ricky
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Re: Polynomials - Long Multiplication

I've never even heard of long multiplication.  The only way I know how to do it is to multiply term by term then add common ones together:

(ax^2 + bx + c)(dx^2 + ex + f) = adx^4 + aex^3 + afx^2 + bdx^3 + bex^2 + bfx + cdx^2 + cex + cf

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#3 2007-11-07 21:55:44

JohnnyReinB
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Re: Polynomials - Long Multiplication

Personally, I would do it Vertically:
(x2 + 2xz + z) (x + z)=

x^2 + 2xz + z
x + z
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x^2z +2xz^2+ z^2
x^3 +2x^2z                      + xz
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x^3 +3x^2z +2xz^2+ z^2 +xz

It would just be like Arithmetic Multiplication

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#4 2007-11-07 23:13:14

Identity
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Registered: 2007-04-18
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Re: Polynomials - Long Multiplication

It's just another way of setting things out I guess, and if you're better at it than normal expansion then that's great.

15 * 92 = 10(92)+5(92) = 920 + 460 = 1380

But personally I like normal expansion because you can do fancy tricks.

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#5 2007-11-09 01:54:14

ganesh
Registered: 2005-06-28
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Re: Polynomials - Long Multiplication

MathsIsFun wrote:

How would YOU do (x[sup]2[/sup] + 2xz + z) (x + z) ?

I'd multiply the like variables, and add the exponents, that would make things fairly easy! Moreover, multiplying a binomial of degree 2 wouldn't take much time.

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