[MUSIC] Let's learn how to divide polynomials.

[SOUND] For example, let's divide x^2 + 9x + 19 by x + 4.

Now we begin dividing polynomials in a similar way as we do when we divide

numbers. But we start by looking at the leading

terms. And ask ourselves, x times what is equal

to x^2. And this would be x wouldn't it? Because

x^2 / x = x. So that's the first term in our quotient

here, x.

And now we need to multiply x by the entire divisor x + 4 which gives us x^2 +

4x. And then just like when we divide

numbers, we now subtract x^2 - x^2 is 0. 9x - 4x is 5x and we still have this + 19

here. Now are we done? We're not because the

degree of this is not less than the degree of this.

So we continue until the degree is smaller than the degree of the divisor.

Again, we look at the leading terms here, x and 5x.

And ask ourselves, x times what is equal to 5x. And this would be 5, wouldn't it?

Because 5x / x = 5. So that's the next term in our quotient.

So we have + 5, and now we multiply 5 by the entire divisor x + 4 which gives us

5x + 20. Again, we'll subtract 5x - 5x = 0, and 19

- 20 = -1. And now the degree of -1 is 0, which is

smaller than the degree of the divisor, so we are done.

Well how can we represent our answer here?

By the division algorithm, we have that the dividend x^2 + 9x + 19 divided the

divisor x + 4 = the quotient x + 5 + the remainder which is -1 / the divisor x + 4

or we can multiply both sides of the equation by the divisor x + 4 which gives

us that x^2 + 9x + 19 = x + 5 * x + 4 and then - 1.

So these are two nice ways of representing our answer.

And in this last form here, we can actually check that we've done this

division correctly by foiling this out. And then subtracting 1.

So let's do that, when we foil out the right side we get x^2 + 4x + 5x + 20 and

then we still have the -1 which is equal to x^2 + 9 x + 19 which sure enough is

our dividend. All right, let's look at another example.

[SOUND] Let's divide. Well the first thing to notice here is

that our dividend Is not written in standard form.

Standard form would be 4x^4 - 11x^2 + 15x + 7.

And the other thing to notice, is also there's no x^3 term.

So let's add a placeholder term with a coefficient of 0.

That is, let's write our dividend 4x^4 + 0x^3 - 11x^2 + 15x + 7.

Alright, so we're ready to divide now. Our divisor is 2x^2 + 3x - 2.

Our divided is 4x^4 + 0x^3 - 11x^2 + 15x + 7.

Again we start by looking at the leading terms.

Which is why we wanted to rewrite this dividend in the first place.

So we're going to ask ourselves, 2x^2 times what is equal to 4x^4.