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Adding rational functions 2008-04-29
From Jonathon:
1/(x+3) + 1/(x^2+5x+6) =
Answered by Penny Nom.
Irrational functions 2007-10-01
From alicia:
i have a question about irrationals functions.
i have been using them quite some time now, but i wonder where they can be found in daily life?
i hope you can help me,

Answered by Harley Weston.
Rational functions 2005-04-05
From Nicole:
My name is Nicole and I am a teacher at Weyburn Comprehensive School. I am currently teaching both Math B30 and Calculus 30 at the school and I have a question about rational functions. I know that if a rational function (by definition) has common factors in the numerator and the denominator then it is not a rational function (math b30) however in calculus this common factor creates a hole in our graph. Can you explain to me why a common factor or constant does not give us a rational function?
Answered by Penny Nom and Leeanne Boehm.
Polynomials 2004-01-25
From Bruce:

A polynomial is defined as
Polynomial functions are functions that have this form:
f(x) = anxn + an-1xn-1 + ... + a1x + a0
The value of n must be an nonnegative integer. That is, it must be whole number; it is equal to zero or a positive integer.
The coefficients, as they are called, are an, an-1, ..., a1, a0. These are real numbers.


  1. why must n be positive?
  2. what are some historical facts about the evolution of the definition?

Answered by Harley Weston.



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