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Old 2020-03-04, 15:07   #8
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A "reduced" polynomial expression may also be obtained using polynomial division with quotient and remainder.

If h(x) is a polynomial in Q[x] (which I will assume to be of degree at least 1 to avoid trivialities) , and f(x) any polynomial in Q[x], we have

f(x) = h(x)*q(x) + r(x), with q(x) and r(x) in Q[x], and the degree of r(x) is strictly less than the degree of h(x). Clearly r(x) is unique.

If h(z) = 0, we then have

f(z) = r(z).

If h(x) is irreducible, h(z) = 0, and r(x) is not the zero polynomial [that is, if h(x) does not divide f(x)], then r(z) is not 0.
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