Jan 03, 2015
RAY: There are a lot of our little children who listen to Car Talk who are studying Algebra, so I thought I would ask them to simplify the following polynomial.
TOM: Let me just write this down. OK.
RAY: X plus A in parentheses times X minus B in parentheses times X plus C in parentheses, dot, dot, dot, times X minus Z.
Here's how it looks: (X+A)(X-B)(X+C) … (X-Z)
TOM: So you want --
RAY: I want the product of all those terms.
RAY: Zero. Who might our winner be, Tommy?
TOM: Our winner might be Rev. James D. Richardson from El Paso, Texas. Congratulations!