Synthetic Division (Simple Version)
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This applet will enable you to learn synthetic division with ease and efficiency. Polynomials of up to degree 6 can be entered, the program will do the arithmetic, you need to learn how to do this on your own. Have fun!! When entering coefficients, make sure that you first arrange the terms in descending order of the powers. Use a 0 as a placeholder when the coefficient of a term is missing. Your last coefficient is a constant term, even if it is a 0. If your polynomial has degree 5 or less, leave the last box(es) blank or you can use the line for that polynomial function. If your polynomial has degree 2, the quadratic formula or factoring will be more efficient. To preserve the formulae in the cells, be sure to type only in the blue or pink boxes. A Reset button will allow you to start an new expression. Use the Reset button on the graphic screen restore formulae in spreadsheet. Sample1 show a fully factorisable expression; Sample2 shows a partially factorisable expression. Warning: This applet does not solve all Synthetic Division problems, it is a tool to help you to learn to do synthetic division yourself.
This applet can be used by teachers in a demonstration mode in the classroom or teachers can have students load it on their own computers as a worksheet to be completed for a grade.