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Polynomial remainder theorem

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The polynomial remainder theorem states that:

for every polynomial and every real number the remainder of division of by is .

This theorem can easily be proven, but it is important for various calculations.

Proof[change | change source]

If we divided by , it means that we found such and , that


Let . Then Q.E.D.

Example[change | change source]

Let's divide by .

The theorem says that the remainder will be equal to

So, let's divide by : .

We get that .

Uses[change | change source]

Sometimes, it can be difficult to calculate fast (if the polynomial is very big). There exist methods of fast division by , so the computing the remainder could be easier than the whole function.

The theorem itself is also very important for theoretical use. Its proof can easily be applied to another similar objects with little changes. It is used, for example, in the fundamental theorem of algebra, in the form of a generalisation in complex numbers.