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Factor of a Polynomial
Factorization of a Polynomial

A factor of polynomial P(x) is any polynomial which divides evenly into P(x). For example, x + 2 is a factor of the polynomial x2 – 4.

The factorization of a polynomial is its representation as a product its factors. For example, the factorization of x2 – 4 is (x – 2)(x + 2).

 

 

See also

Polynomial long division, synthetic division

 


  this page updated 21-feb-16
Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
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