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synthetic division

noun
1.
a simplified procedure for dividing a polynomial by a linear polynomial.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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Encyclopedia Article for synthetic division

short method of dividing a polynomial of degree n of the form a0xn+a1xn 1+a2xn 2++an, in which a00, by another of the same form but of lesser degree (usually of the form xa). Based on the remainder theorem, it is sometimes called the method of detached coefficients.

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