# Polynomial help

When a polynomial P(x) is divided by x-1, the remainder is 2. When P(x) is divided by x-2, the remainder is 1. Find the Remainder when P(x) is divided by (x-1)(x-2). THANKS...PLEASE ANSWER THIS

Note by Kumar Ashutosh
5 years ago

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You know that $$P(x) = (x-1)Q_1(x)+2$$ and $$P(x) = (x-2)Q_2(x)+1$$ for some polynomials $$Q_1(x)$$ and $$Q_2(x)$$. What is $$P(1)$$? What is $$P(2)$$?

Then, write $$P(x) = (x-1)(x-2)Q(x)+R(x)$$ where $$Q(x)$$ is a polynomial and $$R(x)$$ is a linear polynomial. What is $$R(1)$$? What is $$R(2)$$? Now, what is $$R(x)$$?

- 5 years ago

So what is missing in this question? Actually, the question is correct and needs no more given quantity.. Thanks

- 5 years ago

Jimmy doesn't think there is anything wrong with the problem. He is just showing you the thought processes to reach the answer, without actually telling you the answer. If you follow what he is showing, it is not hard, at least at your level, to find the answer.

- 5 years ago