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**demha****Member**- Registered: 2012-11-25
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Hey guys, I need help with Factoring Polynomials of Higher Degree. I got around 20 questions and I'll post 5 at a time. For the first five I answered all but one:

1. 125x^3 + 64

A (5x - 4)(25x^2 + 20x - 16)

B(5x + 16)(25x^2 - 20x + 2)

C(5x + 8)(25x^2 - 40x + 16)

D(5x + 4)(25x^2 - 20x + 16)

E (5x + 2)(25x^2 - 40x + 16)

F cannot be factored

My answer is D.

2. 216a^3 + 1

A (3a + 1)(24a^2 - 8a + 1)

B(6a + 1)(36a^2 - 6a + 1)

C(18a + 1)(2a^2 - 6a + 1)

D(4a + 1)(20a^2 - 4a + 1)

E (6a - 1)(36a^2 + 6a + 1)

F cannot be factored

My answer is B.

3. 7x^5 - 64y

A 7xy(x^2 - 8)(x^2 + 8)

B 7x(x^2 - 8)(x^2 + 7)

C 7xy(x^4 - 8)

D 7x(x^2 - 9)(x^2 + 1)

E 7(x5 - 9x)

F cannot be factored

My answer is F.

4. 27x^3 - 8

A (3x - 2)(3x + 2)2

B(3x - 2)(9x^2 - 6x + 4)

C(3x + 2)(3x^2 - 3x - 4)

D(27x + 2)(x^2 - 2x + 4)

E (3x - 2)(9x^2 + 6x + 4)

F cannot be factored

My answer is E.

5. x^9 + 1

A (x + 1)(x^2 - x + 1)(x^6 - x^3 + 1)

B(x^3 + 1)(x^6 + 1)

C(x + 1)(x^2 - x + 1)(x^3-1)2

D(x + 1)3(x^2 - x + 1)3

E (x^3 + 1)(x^6 - x^3 + 1)

F cannot be factored

I am having a little trouble on this one. I'm not really sure how I would even begin with it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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1 D is correct.

2) B is correct.

3) F is correct.

4) E is correct.

5) That is not right.

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5. Note that x^9 is a perfect cube and so is 1

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**demha****Member**- Registered: 2012-11-25
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I come up with (x^3)^3 + 1^3 but I'm not entirely sure where to go from here.

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**demha****Member**- Registered: 2012-11-25
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Thanks ShivamS, but I want to understand how to find the answer. Like what steps am I supposed to take.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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One way is by trying the answers and seeing which one is right.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Hi.

Google sum of cubes. The first page from purplemath is what you need.

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**demha****Member**- Registered: 2012-11-25
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It's still not making too much sense for me. I tried putting in to this:

(a + b)(a2 – ab + b2)

But it just comes up into a huge mess:

(x^3)^3 + 1^3

((x^3)^3 + 1^3)(((x^3)^3)2 – ((x^3)^3)(1^3) + (1^3)^2)

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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In (x^3)^3 + 1^3,

a = x^3

b = 1

so it becomes (x^3 + 1)(x^6 - x^3 + 1)

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi demha

The rules of algebra are just the rules of arithmetic. As a result if expression A = expression B, you can substitute any value for x and you will get number = same number.

So choose a value for x and evaluate the expression in the question. Then evaluate every multi choice answer with the same choice for x. Providing you don't slip up with the calculations, if one multi choice has the same result as the question, that must be the answer.

But there is a small chance that your choice for x will lead to two multi choice answers giving the same, correct result. If that happens you would have to make another choice for x to determine which answer is right.

eg.

5. x^9 + 1

A (x + 1)(x^2 - x + 1)(x^6 - x^3 + 1)

B(x^3 + 1)(x^6 + 1)

C(x + 1)(x^2 - x + 1)(x^3-1)2

D(x + 1)3(x^2 - x + 1)3

E (x^3 + 1)(x^6 - x^3 + 1)

Choose x = 1

Question = 1^9 + 1 = 2

A = 2 x 1 x 1 = 2

B = 2 x 2 = 4

C = 2 x 1 x 0 = 0

D = 2 x 3 x 1 = 6

E = 2 x 1 = 2

So we have two contenders: A and E

choose another x, say, x = 2

Question = 512 + 1 = 513

A = 3 x 3 x 57 = 513

E = 9 x 57 = 513

Oh dear. Could this mean both answers work?

It would if x^3 + 1 = (x+1)(x^2-x+1).

I'll leave it to you to show that this is indeed true.

So which answer should you pick?

You'll have to 'read the small print'. Does it say 'completely factorise' ? If so then pick A. If it doesn't, I'd still pick A as a superior factorisation. But, if this is CompuHigh, it could just be that the question compiler made a mistake.

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