Without using long division find the remainder when f(x) is divided by g(x).

f(x)= x^4 - 5x^3 + 6x^2 - 7

I don't really get how to solve it without using long division. I taught for using the reminder theorem g(x) has to be linear?


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We have $f(x)=q(x)g(x)+l(x)$, where $l(x)$ has shape $ax+b$.

So $f(1)=a+b$ and $f(3)=3a+b$. Now we have two linear equations in two unknowns, and can solve for $a$ and $b$.


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