Introduction to Defining Polynomials

What you’ll learn to do: Identify and describe polynomials.

In this section, you will learn what a polynomial is and how to identify one.  We will also apply what we know about combining like terms and evaluating an algebraic expression for a given value to polynomials. The skills you will learn in this section will help you in the next section where you will learn how to perform algebraic operations on polynomials.

Specifically, in this section you’ll learn how to:

  • Define polynomials
  • Identify polynomials, monomials, binomials, and trinomials
  • Determine the degree of polynomials
  • Evaluate a polynomial for a given value