# SOLUTION: Someone, PLEASE HELP, this is a problem i have never seen before. i would appeciate any help just to get started. Evaluate P(-1/2) if P(x) = 2x4 + x3 + 12

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 Question 143720: Someone, PLEASE HELP, this is a problem i have never seen before. i would appeciate any help just to get started. Evaluate P(-1/2) if P(x) = 2x4 + x3 + 12Answer by Edwin McCravy(9717)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Someone, PLEASE HELP, this is a problem i have never seen before. i would appeciate any help just to get started. Evaluate if ```There are two methods to find First method: by straight-forward plugging in for x Second method: by synthetic division and the remainder theorem which says that you get the same answer when you 1. plug a number directly into a polynomial as you get when you 2. write that number to the left of a synthetic division, do the synthetic division, and take only the remainder, which is the rightmost number on the bottom line of the synthetic division. Notice that since the and terms are missing in the original polynomial, we have to insert 0's for them as placeholders: | 2 1 0 0 12 | -1 0 0 0 ---------------------- 2 0 0 0 12 The last number on the right is the remainder which by the remainder theorem is Edwin```