Posted by Soroban on October 03, 2002 at 17:50:31:
In Reply to: factoring problem posted by lisa on October 03, 2002 at 15:59:00:
: I am not sure what the easiest fastest way to do a problem like this. Do I expand first, it really gets messy when I do that.
I'm not sure WHAT we're supposed to "do" to the problem.
What are the directions? Multiply it out? Factor it? Solve for x?
(Yes, I KNOW that it's not an equation - duh! But how many non-equations
have we been asked to solve here?)
What Dennis said is absoluately correct.
I'll go a step further. Take a good look at the problem.
You have: (something)^2 (another)^4 + 12(something)^3 (another)^2
or: a^2 b^4 + 12 a^3 b^2
How hard is that to factor?
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