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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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A (rather too short) page on the Difference of Two Cubes

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsisFun;

It does some nifty expansions like:

calling a= 5x and b =2

So numbers like 15617 which equal 25^3 - 2^3 can be factored but not always into primes.

15617 = (23)(679)

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**** Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.**

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