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## #1 2006-01-06 18:35:33

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### Simplify

x(x-1)(x+1)
do I multiply the brackets by eachother first, or each bracket by x?

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## #2 2006-01-06 18:48:00

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### Re: Simplify

Multiplication is commutative, that is 6 x 7 = 7 x 6.
When you have three terms to be multiplied, first multiply the first and the second and the result by the third.It wouldn't make a difference if you multiply the second and the third and then multiply the result by the first.
x(x-1)(x+1) = (x²-x)(x+1) = x³ + x² - x² - x = x³ - x.
(x-1)(x+1)(x) = (x² - 1)(x) = x³ - x
As you can see, the results are the same in both the cases.

When you have a(x-y), you'd have to multiply both the terms inside the bracket by a, you get ax - ay.

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## #3 2006-01-06 20:53:46

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### Re: Simplify

or you simply can see a formula (a-b)(a+b)=a² - b² ; as a result (x-1)(x+1)=x²-1²
so x(x-1)(x+1)=x(x²-1²)=x³-x

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## #4 2006-01-07 08:36:37

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### Re: Simplify

Thankyou, I was drunk
Won't happen again.

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## #5 2006-01-07 08:59:01

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### Re: Simplify

Maybe someone could simplify this?

again, I need the whole solution, because the answer is at the end of the book

## #6 2006-01-07 09:06:12

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### Re: Simplify

I'd start with x/x^2, firstly I'd "reciprocal" which basically means you take the value with the power (x^2) and move it to the top, when you do this you MUST change the sign of the power:

x / x^2  = x * x^-2

I'd then do the same with the next part of the sum, giving you b - ax * x^-3.  Now all that is left is

(x * x^-2) + (b - ax * x^-3), since none of the values share similar powers, I think this is as far as you can go.  (Don't take my word for it, I'm new to this too).

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## #7 2006-01-07 09:23:02

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### Re: Simplify

I also tried to do that but in quite different way. Still I couldnt get the right answer. That's what I got

## #8 2006-01-07 09:41:02

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### Re: Simplify

Sounds like a job for Crazy Holmes

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## #9 2006-01-07 09:53:31

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### Re: Simplify

I think the book's answer isn't correct. We can't eliminate a.
I got the same as you.

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## #10 2006-01-07 09:54:31

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### Re: Simplify

yeah, maybe you're right.

## #11 2006-01-07 09:58:36

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### Re: Simplify

I've just read this "crazy holmes" thing.

Ha, ha, ha, that was VERY VERY... VERY
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## #12 2006-01-07 10:01:22

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Actually it was BAD, but I'll forgive you if you promise that you will
NEVER
NEVER
NEVER
do this again
much

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## #13 2006-01-07 10:19:11

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### Re: Simplify

appologise, grassy homes.

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## #14 2006-01-07 15:39:50

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Very funny. First krassi_holmz becomes crazy holmes, finally, grassy homes. I really hope krassi_holmz doesn't take offence at that. Maybe, rickyoswaldiow is just being funny. But a word of caution to rickyoswaldiow. People don't like their names (or usernames) spelt or pronouned wrongly.

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## #15 2006-01-07 21:35:27

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### Re: Simplify

Yes, wildrocky, yes.

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## #16 2006-01-08 03:31:12

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### Re: Simplify

No offence intended.  I play online FPS games and my language in that would get me banned in a flash here. You **...

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## #17 2006-01-08 03:56:01

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### Re: Simplify

I'm a bit late here, but I agree with everyone else.

I'd just scale up the left fraction by x to get a common denominator of x³, and then they can easily be added together.

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## #18 2006-01-08 04:41:20

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### Re: Simplify

Yes, but the "a" cannot be removed.

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