A basic form of mathematical expression, polynomials are used in all branches of advanced mathematics, from basic algebra to calculus and beyond. Polynomial functions play a role in economics, statistics, chemistry, nume... More »

There is no one specific person who invented the polynomials, but their history can be traced back to the Babylonians. They used verbal instructions for solving problems related to quadratics. More »

All Holt textbooks contain lessons involving the real number system, equations, and inequalities. Holt McDougal publishes mathematics textbooks that cover a very broad range of mathematical concepts, from middle school-l... More »

In mathematics, the short word form is created by writing a large number using a combination of numbers and words. For instance, the short word form of 785,000 is 785 thousand. More »

To divide polynomials, write the polynomials in long division form, and divide each numerator by the first term of the denominator. Multiply the denominator with that answer, and subtract to create a new polynomial. Writ... More »

The golden ratio in mathematics is the irrational number (1 + sqrt 5)/2. A decimal approximation of the number is 1.618. The German astronomer Johannes Kepler and his contemporaries were the first to call it the golden r... More »

In mathematics, natural numbers are whole numbers starting with 1 and going upward. In some fields, the natural numbers start with 0 but, ultimately, natural numbers do not include negative numbers or fractions. More »