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Dividing Polynomials using Long Division - Problem 6

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Teacher/Instructor Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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When you're setting up long division of polynomials, it is critical to keep your exponents lined up vertically so you can clearly combine like terms. One strategy for doing this correctly is to put in zeros as "placeholders" in your polynomial if any terms aren't listed (that is, the coefficient of that term is zero.) Although you can still get the problem correct without zeros, they really make a big difference in keeping your work organized.

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