Multiply A Polynomial By A Monomial

In this video, learn how to multiply a polynomial by a monomial.

In this video, we are going to look at how to multiply a polynomial by a monomial.
For example:
To multiply:
$3x(4x^2y-3y+12xy^2)$
distribute the 3x to the terms inside the parenthesis to get
$12x^3y-9xy+36x^2y^2$

Video-Lesson Transcript

This video will discuss how to multiply a polynomial by a monomial.

Let’s have an example.

We have a monomial which is $3x$ and a polynomial $4x^{2}y - 3y + 12xy^{2}$.

Now, let’s multiply.

$3x (4x^{2}y - 3y + 12xy^{2})$

In order of operations, we should combine the equations inside the parenthesis first. But, we don’t have like terms in it.

So, let’s just use the distributive property to distribute the monomial to each one of the terms.

So, what we’re going to do is $3x$ times the first term. Then $3x$ times the second term. And lastly, $3x$ times the third term.

$12x^{3}y - 9xy + 36x^{2}y^{2}$