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#26 2012-10-20 09:35:04


Re: Factorising a^n + kb^n

Has knowing those factorisations come in handy?

#27 2012-10-20 09:39:03

From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 92,926

Re: Factorising a^n + kb^n

Not at all. Do you think I would stuff my primitive cerebrum with the mere memorization of identities? But the looking up of them when necessary has been a great help.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.


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