# Help with Remainder and Factor Theorem?

Need help with this Remainder and Factor Theorem question.

When a polynomial P(x) is divided by (x-2) and (x+3), the remainders are 4 and -26 respectively. Find the remainder when P(x) is divided by (x-2)(x+3). Please show steps, thanks.

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• jsjs
Lv 5
9 years ago

The given information says that there exists polynomials Q(x) and R(x) such that

P(x) = (x-2) Q(x) + 4,

P(x) = (x+3) R(x) - 26.

Plugging x=-3 into the second equation, we get P(-3)=-26. Plugging into the first, we get

-26 = P(-3) = (-5) Q(-3) + 4.

Solving for Q(-3), we have Q(-3)=6. Therefore 6 is the remainder when Q(x) is divided by (x+3). In other words, there exists a polynomial S(x) such that

Q(x) = (x+3) S(x) + 6.

Plugging this in above, we have

P(x)= (x-2) [(x+3)S(x) + 6] + 4 = (x-2)(x+3) S(x) + 6(x-2) + 4 = (x-2)(x+3) S(x) + 6x - 8.

Therefore the remainder when P(x) is divided by (x-2)(x+3) is 6x - 8.

• 4 years ago

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