## Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

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# Chapter 5 - Section 5.3 - Polynomials and Polynomial Functions - Vocabulary, Readiness & Video Check: 2

polynomial

#### Work Step by Step

A polynomial is a finite some of terms in which all variables are raised to nonnegative integer powers and no variables appear in any denominator. For example, $8x+9$ is a polynomial. $4x^{-2}+9$ is not a polynomial because the variable in the first term is raised to a negative integer power. $\frac{2}{x^{2}}$+9\$ is also not a polynomial because the first term has a variable in its denominator.

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