NCERT Class 9 Solutions: Polynomials (Chapter 2) Exercise 2.4 – Part 1
Q1 Determine which of the following polynomials has a factor:
Solution:
If is a factor of a polynomial , then we can write, Since zero multiplied by any number is zero. Therefore, this polynomial would become zero for all the values of x where either becomes zero or becomes zero. We don’t know anything about g(x) but we know that becomes zero for . Therefore, Therefore, if x + 1 is a factor of p(x), p(x) must become zero at x = 1. For each polynomial above we would test its value at x = 1. If it comes out to be zero (x+1) is a factor of that polynomial.

Let
Is a factor of polynomial

Let
Is not a factor of polynomial

Let
Is not a factor of polynomial

Let
Is not a factor of polynomial
Q2 Use the Factor Theorem to determine whether is a factor of in each of the following cases:
Solution:

Zero of is .
If is a factor of then p must also have a zero at 1, i.e.
Is a factor of polynomial .

Zero of is .
If is a factor of then p must also have a zero at 2, i.e.
Is not a factor of polynomial .

Zero of is .
If is a factor of then p must also have a zero at 3, i.e.
Is a factor of polynomial .