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Mathematical Sciences

Factoring Polynomials: You Mean There’s More Than The Quadratic Formula?

Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST December 7, 2017 Location: John Howard 115

John Howard 115

 Dr. Richard Moy, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Willamette University will give this talk.

Most students learn how to factor polynomials in high school using techniques such as the quadratic formula. However, factoring polynomials becomes more complicated when they have large degree. And what if a polynomial doesn’t factor, i.e. it is irreducible? How does one go about showing that a particular polynomial is irreducible?

In this talk, we will address these questions and more! (Audience participation will be required. Knowledge of modular arithmetic is recommended though not required.)

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