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Polynomial Multiplication

Published on 02/10/2004

Activity Overview

This StudyCards™ set shows that the product of linear functions (polynomial) is usually quadratic. Students discover the exact product and more traditional methods for multiplying polynomials. Use with Foundations for College Mathematics, Ch. 3.3.

Before the Activity

Download the attached StudyCards™ file to students' calculators.

During the Activity

Use this StudyCards™ set to discover that the product of linear functions (polynomial) is usually quadratic. They then move on to discovering the exact product. This leads to the more traditional methods for multiplying polynomials.

After the Activity

  • Review student results
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary