A polynomial is a combination of terms separated using or signs. Polynomials cannot contain any of the following:
1. Variables raised to a negative or fractional exponent. (,,).
2. Variables in the denominator. (,,).
3. Variables under a radical. (,,).
4. Special features. (trig functions, absolute values, logarithms, ).
Simplify each term.
Remove the negative exponent by rewriting as .
Write as a fraction with denominator .
Multiply and to get .
Move the negative in front of the fraction.
Determine if the expression breaks any of the rules.
Determine if the expression is a polynomial.
Not a polynomial