Math 10 Week 8

This week we started polynomials. The first time you look at polynomials you will probably have a heart attack. But they’re not as hard as you think. In this post I will teach you what a polynomial is and some vocabulary as well as how to do a question.


Type– Types of polynomials

   Monomial- Consisting of one term.

 Binomial- An algebraic expression of the sum or the difference of two terms.

 Trinomial-  An algebraic expression of the sum or the difference of three terms.

 Polynomial- More than three parts/terms in the question.Constant

Degree– The highest exponent

Coefficient-The number in front of a variable.

Constant- In Algebra, a constant is a number on its own.


Ex. 3 – 2x + 7y + 4y – 2x + 8z – 9

Step one: highlight or underline like terms to start grouping. 

*like terms are numbers with the same ending.

3 – 2x + 7y + 4y – 2x + 8z – 9

Step two: Rearrange the numbers starting with the letter that comes first in the alphabet then go towards z. Do the constants last. Also go from greatest to least to stay organized.

– 2x – 2x  + 7y + 4y + 8z + 3 – 9

Step three: Combine like terms.

– 4x + 11y + 8z – 6

Type: This equation is a polynomial because it has more than three terms.

Coefficients: -4, 11, 8 *the coefficients poses the sign before it. (+/-)

Degree: If they don’t have an exponent the degree will be one. The only one without the exponent as 1 will be the constant. The constant will have an exponent of 0.

Constant: -6


Plenty Questions

“Plenty”  Questions tag #PLENTYB OR D

  1. This poem has a strong voice running through it. How would you describe the speaker’s mood?                                                                                   I would describe the speakers voice as happy.
  2. Look at some of the more unexpected things the speaker in the poem finds beautiful, like leaves in the gutter or salt stains on shoes. Why are these details more interesting than a more obvious example of beauty, like flowers, would be?                                                                    In the poem “Plenty” by Kevin Connolly one of the unexpected things that he said was beautiful was the storm. These details are more interesting because he is choosing unappealing things and describing them as beautiful. He makes the reader think why is he saying a storm is beautiful? He wants us to see that there is beauty in everything.
  3. What is the effect of the poet’s use of similes that offer more than one comparison of an image, such as “the sky, lit up like a question or / an applause meter” or “raindrops / like jewels or glass or those bright beads / girls put between the letters of the / bracelets that spell out their beautiful names”? How does this technique add to the overall feeling of the poem?                                                                        The use of similes makes me feel drawn to the poem. His technique makes me feel grateful for everything I have have. This poem makes me feel sad because in our society we forget about the beauty of things, and it makes me realize we dont appreciate or pay attention the the things that the world brings for us.
  4. What actually happens in this poem? What do you know about the speaker’s life?                                                                                                                 In this poem, I think the speaker is not homeless, but someone that doesn’t have a lot. I think this because he or she appreciates and notices the little things. He finds the beauty in everything.