Algebra II Recipe: Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying Polynomials 


A. Adding Polynomials
 Drop the parentheses.
 Combine like terms.
 Put terms in alphabetical order or descending order by powers.
B. Subtracting Polynomials
 Change all subtraction to "adding the opposite" when necessary.
 Distribute the negative to the second set of parentheses.
 Combine like terms.
 Put terms in alphabetical order or descending order by powers.
C. Multiplying Two Binomials
 Use the distributive property: FOIL
 Combine like terms.
 Put terms in descending order.
D. Multiplying a Binomial and a Trinomial
 Distribute each term of the binomial to each term of the trinomial.
 Combine like terms.
 Put terms in descending order.

Practice Problems

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