Ch 12: McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra Chapter 12: Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions

About This Chapter

The Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions chapter of this McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra textbook companion course helps students learn the essential pre-algebra lessons of polynomials and nonlinear functions. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the polynomials and nonlinear functions topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Polynomials, binomials and quadratics
  • Polynomial operations
  • Parabolas
  • Exponential decay
  • Power of powers
  • Arithmetic sequences
  • The sum formula for an arithmetic sequence
  • Geometric sequences
  • General term of a geometric sequence

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13 Lessons in Chapter 12: McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra Chapter 12: Polynomials and Nonlinear Functions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What are Polynomials, Binomials, and Quadratics?

1. What are Polynomials, Binomials, and Quadratics?

What do polynomials, binomials, and quadratics have in common? What are their differences? How can you identify each of them? Watch this video lesson to find the answers.

How to Add, Subtract and Multiply Polynomials

2. How to Add, Subtract and Multiply Polynomials

Adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomials are, basically, the same as adding, subtracting and multiplying numbers. They only difference is that we have a pesky variable to worry about, but this video will show you that's no problem, so no worries! This method has worked for many of my students, and I think it will work for you, too!

Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL and the Area Method

3. Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL and the Area Method

From the distributive property, to FOIL, to the area model, to happy faces and claws, there are many different ways to learn how to multiply binomials. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use all of them and get to pick which one you like the most.

Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL & the Area Method: Practice Problems

4. Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL & the Area Method: Practice Problems

There are a few mistakes that are easy to make when multiplying binomials with FOIL and also a few ways to complicate problems like this, so why not make sure you're brushed up on your skills? You'll also learn a shortcut and how to use the area method to multiply even bigger polynomials.

Power of Powers: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

5. Power of Powers: Simplifying Exponential Expressions

Mathematics is a very logical science. There is a rule for everything and not many exceptions to those rules. Working with exponents is no different. This lesson will describe the rule for raising a power to a power and also will give some examples in how to solve them.

The Parabola: Definition & Graphing

6. The Parabola: Definition & Graphing

Watch this video lesson to learn what a parabola is and how you can graph it. Find out how to extract useful information from the standard form equation of a parabola to help you graph it.

Exponential Growth vs. Decay

7. Exponential Growth vs. Decay

How is it that it only takes four years for our computer to go from top-of-the-line to almost worthless? Well, it has something to do with what's called exponential decay, which we'll learn about here!

Arithmetic Sequences: Definition & Finding the Common Difference

8. Arithmetic Sequences: Definition & Finding the Common Difference

Watch this video lesson to learn the pattern that defines an arithmetic sequence. Learn how to identify arithmetic sequences as well as find the pattern easily. You will also learn the formula you can use to write any number in your sequence.

How and Why to Use the General Term of an Arithmetic Sequence

9. How and Why to Use the General Term of an Arithmetic Sequence

Watch this video lesson to learn the formula for the general term of an arithmetic sequence. Also learn why this formula makes working with an arithmetic sequence much easier.

The Sum of the First n Terms of an Arithmetic Sequence

10. The Sum of the First n Terms of an Arithmetic Sequence

In this video lesson, you will learn an easy to use formula for summing an arithmetic sequence. Watch as we use the formula in action and then get a chance to use it yourself as you follow along.

Working with Geometric Sequences

11. Working with Geometric Sequences

In this video lesson, we'll learn how to recognize when a sequence of numbers is a geometric sequence, how to find the common ratio and how to expand a sequence to as many numbers as we want!

How and Why to Use the General Term of a Geometric Sequence

12. How and Why to Use the General Term of a Geometric Sequence

Watch this video lesson to learn the formula for the general term of a geometric sequence. You will learn how to write your own general term given a particular geometric sequence as well as the reason for doing this.

The Sum of the First n Terms of a Geometric Sequence

13. The Sum of the First n Terms of a Geometric Sequence

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can find the total of a geometric sequence up to a certain point. Learn the formula that you can use to help you find your answer.

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