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**Sari****Member**- Registered: 2005-12-07
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I'm trying to help my brother solve a question his teacher has given him, although I think it's worded incorrectly, and have been staring at it for quite some time. Does anyone here know what the teacher might be looking for? I really don't understand what he means when he says:

List the terms of the following expression.

10p2 2p 1

List the terms?? Do you think he is asking to solve the problem? I know you can simplify the problem, but you can't solve it, because p is unknown..

What do you all think?

Thanks!

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**kempos****Member**- Registered: 2006-01-07
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terms of algebraic expression:

here we have three terms:

10p2

-2p

-1

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**Chemist****Member**- Registered: 2005-12-12
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Maybe You mean 10p^2 - 2p - 1 = 0 or some constant ..?

*Last edited by Chemist (2006-02-08 03:01:09)*

"Fundamentally one will never be able to renounce abstraction."

Werner Heisenberg

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**kempos****Member**- Registered: 2006-01-07
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btw, you can solve it for p. it is a quadratic equation in terms of p

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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It's not as hard as you think it is. Just list the terms:

p=1, 10-2-1=7

p=2, 40-4-1=35

p=3, 90-6-1=83

etc

At least that's how I read it.

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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